Applications Open – Schools Spectacular Orchestra and Stage Band

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.
For more information contact Scott Ryan on 8512 1188 or


Combined Primary School Band Workshop and Concert – Thursday, 21st August

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:

Junior Concert Band here

Senior Concert Band here

This performance is compulsory. If you are unable to attend please notify Murray ASAP.

NSW Band Festival 2014

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!

MEP Committee Meeting – 28th July 2014 – 7PM

Please join us for our MEP committee meeting on Monday, 28th July at 7pm.

Committee meetings are open to all members. Enter via the main entrance near the office and continue down the corridor to the board room – opposite the finance office.

Important area to be discussed is whether to have two Music Camps in 2015 (Ensembles and Rock Bands) or just one.

Please download the agenda from this here:

Please download the last meetings minutes here:

We look forward to seeing you there.

NSW Bands Festival – Band Program

The scheduling for this year’s NSW School Band Festival has been finalised. Please advise Murray immediately if there are any issues with your performance time.

Event Entry Details:

Event: Graham Lloyd Secondary School Concert Band Event – Div A
Band: Senior Concert Band
Performance Date: 2014-07-19
Event Venue: UNSW Kensington (Secondary Schools ONLY)
Arrival Time: 10:15am
Download permission form here

Event Entry Details:

Event: Don Burrows Secondary School Open Big Band Event – Div A
Band: Senior Stage Band
Performance Date: 2014-07-20
Event Venue: UNSW Kensington (Secondary Schools ONLY)
Arrival Time: 05:45pm
Download permission form here

Event Entry Details:

Event: John Morrison Secondary School Novice Big Band Event – Div A
Band: Junior Stage Band
Performance Date: 2014-07-20
Event Venue: UNSW Leighton Hall
Arrival Time: 01:30pm
Download permission form here

Event Entry Details:

Event: Raymond Hanson Secondary School Concert Band Event – Div B
Band: Junior Concert Band
Performance Date: 2014-07-20
Event Venue: UNSW Kensington (Secondary Schools ONLY)
Arrival Time: 08:45am
Download permission form here

Head to the following link for any further details:

NSW Bands Festival School Annual Fundraiser – Help Needed!

As you may know, the MEP established the catering fundraiser at the  NSW Bands Festival – No, this is a whole of school annual fundraiser.  Last year the funds we raised went to buying a new PA for the hall.
This year –the Music Ensemble Programme are once again coordinating the first weekend.  It is the first weekend of Week 1 of Term 3 – So…unless we get donations of lollies and soft drinks in the next two weeks, AND get the roster filled, we will be facing a four day lead time to get it all together.  EEK!
What we need – 
1) Donations of lollies (lots) water (lots) soft drinks (creaming soda, squash, coke, coke zero, lemonade) to the front office any time in the next two weeks before the holidays.
2) Commitment to fill the roster for the weekend Saturday July 19 and Sunday July 20(7am to 7pm) please go to website and grab your two-hour timeslot – taking part is fun and a good way to meet other parents!
Email Kelly Robinson who is coordinating the roster  to lock in your shift.
3) Donations of baked treats to sell –  these can be brought to the school in airtight containers the Friday before, or better yet, delivered to the venue (Clancy Auditorium, High St, Randwick)  We will need: cakes, cup cakes, brownies and savoury items such as quiche, bacon and egg pies, spinach pie, sausage rolls and soup.
Thankfully, we have a small team of dedicated co-ordinators to make the weekend work, you just need to bring donations and a couple of hours of your time to make it fly for 2014.
Thanks for your support!!

Mid Year Concert – Thursday, 12th June

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We would like to warmly invite you to the Music Ensemble Program’s Mid Year Concert on Thursday, 12th June. The concert will be held at Rose Bay Secondary College in the hall. Please arrive at 6pm for a sausage sizzle, the concert will commence at 7pm. Entry to the concert is a gold coin donation. 

There will be performances from the following Ensembles:

  • Junior Stage Band
  • Junior Concert Band
  • Senior Stage Band
  • Senior Concert Band
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Choir
  • Vocal Ensemble
  • The Rock Bands

All students must be dressed in full MEP uniform – MEP Shirt, Black trousers (not tights or jeans) Black shoes, Black socks (no ankle socks).

To keep the event running smoothly we are asking students to patiently wait down in the MEP rehearsal spaces while they are not performing.

We are looking forward to a fabulous Mid Year Concert.