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Band Program

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Band Overview

Warrawee Public School has a strong concert band and stage band tradition.

Established 30 years ago in 1988, the band has become an integral part of the school and local community providing opportunities for the students of Warrawee to develop their love of music and their musical skills. There are currently three concert bands and one stage band in the program. The concert bands are comprised of junior, intermediate and senior bands and cater for children of all musical abilities.  The stage band has a strong focus on jazz music for selected students.  Students in the stage band are also required to be a part of the concert band.

Tuition, regular weekly rehearsals and our annual camp provide the platform for the musical development for 120 young musicians.

Click on this link to access a copy of the Band Program Information Pack


Band Committee

The band program is directed by conductor Miss Kate Gandy and supported by both the Band Committee and our school band community of wonderful parents.

Conductor: Kate Gandy

Band Manager:  Ben Perche

Band Convenor:  Melanie Henry

Treasurer: Judy Bohlsen


Why join the band?

The band provides a friendly and rewarding learning environment in which your child can participate a music program. The Warrawee band program is also known for its high teaching standard.

Together, these two points help children achieve a level of proficiency in playing a musical instrument as well as nurture their enjoyment in music. Being part of the program can aid in raising children's confidence and self-esteem through opportunities to perform in public and for their peers. They are also able to work actively as a team member.


How do you Join the Band?

At the end of Year 2, students are asked to indicate if they are interested in joining the band program for the following year. An information evening is held and an application form completed. The band conductor then meets with each student to select the instrument they will play in band. Instruments are chosen on a number of criteria, including what the student would like to play, what instrument they are likely to achieve success on and the number of each instrument needed to have a balanced band.

Students in Years 3-6 can also join the band program at any time while at Warrawee Public School. The band conductor will assess their ability and place them in the appropriate band



Instruments can be hired through the band program for an additional cost or students can source their own instruments. All instruments available for hire through the band program are serviced annually and so are provided to the hirer in good working order. Any additional repairs or service, during the hire period must be discussed and approved by the Instrument Coordinator, before the hirer takes the instrument for repair or service.

Instruments offered within the Warrawee band program include: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, oboe, trumpet, cornet, euphonium, trombone, French horn, tuba, bass guitar, keyboard bass, drums and the xylophone/ glockenspiel.


Band Committment

Rehearsals are mandatory and every band student is expected to attend their appropriate rehearsals. Every band parent is also expected to be part of the parent duty roster.

Students are expected to receive private tutoring for their instrument of choice. Attendance at performances, at school or at competitions and festivals outside of school, is also expected.

Please click on the link to the Code of Conduct (pdf 183 KB), which all members are asked to sign upon joining the program.

If a student is unable to attend a rehearsal, the Band Conductor must be advised through conductor@warraweeband.com

Each rehearsal will have a parent on duty to provide assistance to the Conductor. A duty roster is released each term and attendance is vital. If a parent is unable to attend their allocated time, it is the parent's responsibility to swap or send a relative, and provide advice through roster@warraweeband.com.

The role of the parent on duty is to wait outside the band room with the children until the rehearsal is ready to start, and to assist if required, during the rehearsal or with packing up


Private tuition for a student's chosen instrument is expected of every student participating in the band program. Please contact the Band Conductor or Band Coordinator if you require some assistance with finding a tutor. Some tutors come to the school to provide tuition before or after school hours.


The bands play at different school assemblies throughout the year.  An afternoon Band Showcase is also held, at the school that provides an opportunity for parents, family and friends to attend and enjoy hearing their children's musical progression.

The bands also play at festivals and competitions outside of school throughout the year. As an example of what to expect, past performances include:

  • Wahroonga Music Festival (June)
  • NSW School Band Festival at the UNSW (Jul/Aug/Sep)
  • Music by Moonlight at Normanhurst West PS (September)
  • NSSWE Spring Festival at the Chatswood Concourse (September)
  • Hornsby North Festival (October)

Attendance at all performances is expected.


Band Camp

The Warrawee Band Camp is an annual event organised and supervised by the P&C band sub-committee and band parents. It is not a school event and Warrawee Public School teachers are not present at this camp.

Attendance at the band camp is at the parents' discretion and while the school supports band camp, those students attending camp must be marked absent on leave. To this end, band camp is scheduled to run over two days, the first of which is a pupil free day at the start of second term, to minimise the impact on the school schedule.

The 2020 band camp is scheduled for 26-28th April 2020 at Camp Kedron, Ingleside.

All enquiries about the arrangements for the band camp, including insurance provisions, your child's medical requirements or special needs requirements, and supervision, should be directed to the P&C President or the Band Manager.


Band Fees

Band fees are invoiced twice a year, ie: once per semester. The first semester covers school Terms 1&2 and the second semester covers Terms 3&4. The fees cover conducting costs for all rehearsals and performances, music purchases, administration and entry fees for competitions and festivals.

Instrument hire fees go towards their annual service and repair as well as insurance. Unless prior arrangements have been made, failure to pay fees by the end of each semester will result in the student(s) being asked to leave the band.

Each family pays their tutor separately. Individual prices vary but are generally around $35 per lesson (half an hour).


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2020 Band Rehearsal Times