State Wind Bands
Applications for the 2024 State Wind Bands will open in Term 1 2024.
The State Wind Band provides an opportunity for high potential and gifted music students in NSW public schools to perform in a state ensemble under the direction of professional conductors. The band will perform repertoire chosen to challenge and extend students' musical skills.
- Senior Wind Band for students in Years 9 to Year 12
- Junior Wind Band for students in Years 5 to Year 8
About the program
Students who play piccolo, flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, french horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, double bass and percussion are eligible to apply.
Students will experience an intensive rehearsal schedule working with professional conductors and tutors in large ensemble and small sectional sessions to prepare for the performances. Music will be sent to students to prepare prior to the rehearsals. Music will be chosen to challenge the student’s technique and musicality. Approximately 65 students from across New South Wales will be selected for each ensemble.
The State Wind Bands participate in The Arts Unit's Festival of Choral Music as performance opportunities.
- For Senior State Wind Band, a minimum of Grade 5 or equivalent is required.
They participate in workshops at The Arts Unit Lewisham, Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 August and perform at The Sydney Opera House Monday 12 – Tuesday 13 August 2024.
- For Junior State Wind Band, a minimum of Grade 3 or equivalent is required.
They participate in workshops at The Arts Unit Lewisham, Monday 12 – Tuesday 13 August and perform at The Sydney Opera House Wednesday 14 – Thursday 15 August 2024.
- Sydney metropolitan student participation fee – $110 (incl GST)
- Students from rural & remote schools– $85.50 (incl GST)
Travel and accommodation
Students are expected to organise their own accommodation, as well as travel to and from all rehearsals and performances.
Students will be supervised by DoE teachers during rehearsals and performances.
The State Wind Bands provide the opportunity for teachers to join a professional learning program run alongside the student ensemble.
There are 3 key outcomes that will be covered through the teaching mentor program.
- improve proficiency in planning and conducting successful rehearsals and increase knowledge to lead ensembles to a higher standard
- enhance knowledge of higher level conducting techniques as appropriate to performance through an understanding of technique and style
- develop conducting skills through practical experience in sectional or full ensemble rehearsals
Applications for the 2024 State Wind Band Teacher PL program will open in Term 1 2024.