Since its establishment in the early 1960s, the Beecroft Public School band has played a prominent role in the culture, tradition and history of our school community. The band's focus is providing a well-rounded musical education, including orchestral performance opportunities, that extends children's learning beyond the creative arts K-6 syllabus.
The Band program, which is administered by the volunteer P&C Association band subcommittee comprises five bands:
In addition to music competitions, festivals and eisteddfods, the bands/ensembles perform at school functions such as presentation day, orientation day and education week, as well as community events including christmas carols at Beecroft Village Green, Arden fair, Opera House performances and visits to local nursing homes. The band subcommittee also organises visits by adult bands such as the NSW police band and the Australian army, who perform for the whole school community.
Rehearsals typically occur twice a week for each band/ensemble and are augmented by an annual Intensive band weekend conducted at the school.
Parents are responsible for organising private instrument tuition for their children, although the band subcommittee can assist by providing names of local instrument tutors. An award system is used to recognise individual children's efforts and their growth in musical skills. Awards are presented at school assemblies and at presentation day.
There is an annual band tour when Years 5 and 6 students from advanced bands/ensembles visit and perform at a number of schools, over the course of several days.
More information and contact details for current band subcommittee members are available in the band news section of the school newsletter. For general enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Band and Strings End of Year Concerts
The end of year concert is the culmination of a great deal of hard work on the part of our students and their dedicated Band Masters, Conductors and Tutors. Normally, this concert is presented live to our school community. Given the times we live in, this has had to be adjusted for 2020. In celebration of the magnificent achievements of all our Band and Strings students and teachers, we present the following recordings.