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The Year so Far in Co-curricular Music

2018 has started in typical super-busy ATC fashion, and it is hard to believe that we are already only a week away from our Autumn Co-curricular Music Evening. There have already been so many positives to take away from the first lessons and rehearsals of the year, and from the Junior Band Day which marks the beginning of what will hopefully be the start of a life-long journey of music learning for our beginner students.

No time was wasted in getting things up and running with music demonstrations taking place on just the second day of the school year. In week two, junior and middle school students had the opportunity to try an array of different instruments as they we tested for instrument suitability. Ensemble rehearsals and lessons for Guitar, Vocal and Piano commenced in this week, and there were immediate signs of enthusiasm for music making and the promise of some outstanding music making to come.

ATC Senior Singers joined with the Little Brotherhood from St. Laurence‚Äôs College to premier ‘Called’ composed by Steph Unger at the Youth Mass held at St. Ignatius Church, Toowong.

All continuing students then commenced lessons in week three, and the first performance took place in the same week as college singers and the liturgy band made a valuable contribution to the opening full college mass at ERPAC.

The 2018 Junior Band day was a highly successful event held on Friday in Week 6 (Camp Week) where students in years 4 and 5 enjoyed a full day of lessons, sectionals and band rehearsals. This important day gave students the opportunity to learn how to assemble instruments, play with good embouchure and posture and to care for their instruments. Most students also learned the first five notes on their instrument, and then performed that same afternoon to a Nudgee Junior Hall full of very enthusiastic parents. 2018 has already seen the largest number of beginner music students in many years across years 4-7, and the early signs point to some outstanding talent!

During the term the Jazz Quintet, Taiko Drummers and Guitar Ensemble have all had opportunities to perform on assembly in the new Xavier Centre, while singers have made significant contributions to year 7 and house mass.

Students and staff have been busy preparing for performances at the Blessing and Opening of the Senior School and the Autumn Music Evening. The ceremony was superb and the groups that performed were outstanding. In particular, the Choir’s performance had the crowd mesmerised. Click here to view the full album from the ceremony.

Term two will be busy right from the outset as students in the Brass Ensemble perform at a pre-ANZAC day service at the Cairns Aged Care Facility in Chapel Hill in week one. The ATC Jazz Orchestra continue to prepare for their tour to Mount Gambier South Australia to compete in the Generations in Jazz Festival in May. The Handbell Ringers also continue their rigorous preparation for the International Handbells Symposium to be held in Cairns in August.

In ATC Music Staff news, we congratulate Brijette Tubb now Brijette Brooks on her wedding to James Brooks, and also congratulate Nick and Maica Laganin on the birth of their son Leon.

We all look forward to the very positive start continuing throughout 2018. Happy practising!

Jonathon Bolt
Head of Instrumental Music Performance