Welcome to the online home of the RBSC Music Ensemble Program. Take a look around! You'll see that this parent-run program offers musical opportunities to all students, from beginners through to advanced musicians, whatever the instrument they play or want to play. All the information you need should be here – if not, let us know: email us or post your questions or suggestions.
Hear MEP Program director Murray Jackson at two great gigs this week:
Friday Oct 17 8pm at the Harold Park Hotel in Glebe with the Brendan Clarke Quartet
Sat Oct 18 7.30pm at the Camelot Lounge in Marrickville - BIG BAND SALSA Celebration with 15 piece Latin Big Band MUCHO MAMBO..plus free CD giveaway!
See more information about these gigs below._
Following amazing sellout shows MUCHO MAMBO returns to Camelot for a high energy night of Big Band Salsa and funky Mambo with the world class Mucho Mambo Latin Big Band.
To help celebrate the night there will be a Mucho Mambo CD giveaway on entrance.
Featuring Australia’s best Latin and Jazz musicians, Mucho Mambo has been blowing audiences away since 2002 with their tight arrangements, brilliant musicianship and unique visual elements.
The Mucho Mambo experience is one of a kind in the music world, a truly authentic and timeless Latin Big Band. The orchestra’s dynamic and distinctive sound and world class big band arrangements will definitely fill the dance floor and make Camelot shake like never before.
Mucho Mambo’s unique sound blends bold, brassy riffs and driving percussion with big brass arrangements and cool old style Latin grooves. Mucho Mambo’s sound builds on the classic orchestrations and rhythms of the 1950’s and 1960’s and moves through to the great Big Band Salsa sounds of today, always reinventing them with a funky new edge.
Booking is highly recommended, Mucho Mambo has sold out every time at Camelot.
$30 | 7.30pm, show 9.00pm
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO. Please book carefully – as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix! All ages welcome (but under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)
Just wanting to let you know that my Quartet has some gigs coming up that we’d love to see you at. Its my regular band with myself on bass, Murray Jackson on alto sax, Matt McMahon on piano and Andy Gander at the drums.Firstly we are playing next Friday October 17th at the Harold Park Hotel in Glebe. This is a new gig thats just started, it’s a great room to play and listen to jazz in, they have fantastic array of food and drinks available too. The gig starts at 8pm and it $10/$15 at the door. This gig will be a big warm up for us before we perform at our biggest event yet which is….The Wangaratta Jazz Festival!I’m really excited and it’s a great honour to be presenting my band at Australia’s premier jazz festival. We will be performing on Saturday 1st November at 2:30pm in the WAPAC hall.For more information about the festival and to book tickets visit here or call (03) 5722 8199.
This was our seventh Soiree and the final one for 2014. It was also our largest by some margin, with forty five performers compared with a more typical attendance of around fifteen, requiring us to decamp the larger space of the Multi-Media room.
It was fantastic to see so many of our instrumentalists and vocalists returning for another opportunity to perform in an informal and supportive setting and great to see the increasing confidence and self assuredness that comes with the experience. Several of the students performed for the first time and it was humbling to see their courage and willingness to tackle what can be an overwhelming occasion.
Speaking of premiers; I was particularly pleased to welcome so many of our great percussion students to a Soiree for the first time! I look forward to seeing them again, perhaps in a smaller setting, or even as soloists!
Thank you to the tutors who gave up their time to attend; Ali Foster, Angie Dean and Sean Windsor. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thanks also to the students who performed and the parents, family and friends whose attendance makes these evenings so special. I was also very grateful for the support of the audience throughout the entire proceedings, in spite of it being considerably longer than usual. Finally, it was lovely to welcome back Rose Bay alumna Isabella Antonievich, who did a fantastic job accompanying many of the performers on the night.
MEP Soirees are held twice a year, to showcase the musical achievements of students receiving instrumental and vocal tuition at the school through the MEP program. They are intimate and friendly events whose focus on solo performance provides a great opportunity to appreciate our students’ individual musical skills and talents. As well as music, drinks and nibbles are provided.The second soiree for 2014 is happening this Thursday, September 18, at 7pm in the Multimedia Room in C Block. All wecome!
Students interested in extending themselves musically and socially should think about auditioning for the NSW Public Schools Instrumental Music Ensembles, run by the NSW Department of Education Arts Unit. See details in the flyer below.
Students in NSW Public Schools are invited to apply for the 2014 Schools Spectacular Symphony Orchestra and Stage Band. The Schools Spectacular Orchestra and Stage Band provide the musical backing for the production. The repertoire is varied, covering a wide range of classical, jazz and other popular music styles. The challenging repertoire is rehearsed during an intensive rehearsal period. Both ensembles are of an incredibly high standard with a mix of students from across NSW represented.
Teachers and Arts Coordination officers – could you please forward this email to your students and contacts.
Nominations and Auditions
Students are invited to apply via The Arts Unit website by clicking HERE
Applications for the 2014 Schools Spectacular Orchestra and Stage Band close on Monday 22 September.
The rehearsal and performance schedule is attached. All rehearsals and performances are compulsory. Students should check this carefully to ensure they can meet the schedule. However, rehearsal times can clash with University entrance exam/auditions. In these situations some negotiations and exemptions may be able to be accommodated.
Students should be approximately 6th grade AMEB or higher.
Rose Bay Secondary College Music Ensemble Program is proud to be hosting its annual Combined Band Primary School Workshop & Concert on Thursday, 21stAugust 2014. This year there will be performances from Randwick Public School, Bondi Public School, Bellevue Hill Public School, Clovelly Public School and Rose Bay Public School as well a performance from Rose Bay Secondary College’s Junior Concert Band & Senior Concert Band.
Each band will perform one piece of music individually and will rehearse together to perform two pieces of music at the evening concert. Families are invited to come along to the concert. Pizza and a drink will be available for $5!
Junior Concert Band & Senior Concert Band students in year 10 and below are to come to the hall for the combined band workshop from 1pm – 2:30pm and then return to school at 6pm for the combined band concert also held in the school hall.
Please download the permission forms from the following links:
This year’s Sydney Band Festival was held over two days, an indication of the increasing popularity of the event – particularly in light of the demise of the Yamaha Band Festival with the closing of Dicksons Music in Chatswood. This would also explain the higher attendance of north shore schools at this year’s event.
The Senior Concert Band were first cab off the rank on Saturday morning. It was lovely to see some familiar faces in the canteen and something of the beautiful winter morning seemed to rub off in our playing. In spite of some key absences the band sounded complete and garnered many positive comments, particularly in reference to the quality of tone and sound given the relatively modest size of our ensemble.It was a happy coincidence to have Simon Thew as our adjudicator, given his involvement at our workshops, the most recent of which had been the preceding Monday. As always the commentary was illuminating, informed and very helpful and it was fantastic to come away with a gold medal.
The following day was freezing! In spite of this, attendance was very good and the overall focus and behaviour of the three groups involved was great. While not achieving the heights of the previous day, all the groups were fairly received and deserved their silver awards.
Overall, we should feel very proud of our students and their efforts. In the following rehearsals and debriefing we spoke of our desire to play in the more challenging events at the Festival. Currently, we are limited by our lack of practise on the band material. While I feel very pleased with the increased focus and attention in our rehearsals, this isn’t translating into practise at home. Every member of the ensembles should be practising at least three to four times a week. Given that, I am sure we could achieve great things in the more demanding categories of the competition next year, and give some of the larger private school and selective school ensembles a run for their money too!