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.


Rock Band news

Rockband Update – Term 2

There have been some very exciting events occurring in the Rockband world recently with students involved in a number of activities and achieving some great results.


For the third time in a row RBSC students were successful in gaining places in the Youthrock semi finals.  3 of our bands: The Citizens and Gone Electric from Rockband and The Dawsons, a band made up of senior students with a long history of MEP membership, gained spots in consecutive semi finals.


Gone Electric in action at Youthrock 2014

Both The Dawsons and The Citizens played extremely well and gained places in the final.  Gone Electric played really well and whipped the crowd into a frenzy with some very danceable indie rock tunes and were even ranked 1st by Youthrock founder and judge Alan Smith but missed out on a finals berth by only one place.

RBSC were the only school to have 2 bands advance through to the final.  It was a very competitive affair with many varied styles of music being performed.  In a field of 10 our bands stood up to the challenge with The Citizens placing 2nd, narrowly missing out on the win.  The Dawsons also placed 6th with their blues rock, a commendable effort in their first year of competing.

With the many sponsors the competition attracts both bands picked up some great prizes including recording time, music store vouchers and even a provision to buy some gear for the school.

Congratulations to all students involved, lets get the win next year!

APRA SongMakers

Senior and long serving Rockband students were treated to complimentary songwriting workshops recently as part of APRA’s (Australasian Performing Rights Association) SongMakers initiative.  This program partners music students with industry mentors for workshops all about the craft of songwriting.

We were lucky enough to have Rai Thistlethwayte from Thirsty Merc and acclaimed producer

Robert Conley (has worked with Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Lisa Mitchell amongst others) host the sessions.



Rai putting a keyboard part onto Gone Electric’s song Night Swim

Both gave valuable insight into the mechanics of the industry lifting the veil on the mysteries of how to make a living from being a musician and some steps to take if you want to get there.  Then it was down to business with the four groups of into songwriting sessions with the goal being to turn a whole song around in 24 hours.

Some students needed a little bit of extra time at home overnight and there were some high pressure last minute rehearsals on the Thursday mornings but with the help of Rob and Rai (who even played on some of the tracks) all 4 bands managed to write, arrange and record their very own song in 24 hours.

Many were surprised by the result and needless to say very motivated by their achievements stay tuned to hear the fruits of their labour soon.

Ben Bryant – Rockband

Music Camp – Monday 2nd June – Wednesday 4th June

The 2014 MEP music camp promises to be an exciting and rewarding experience. Past camps have shown us that the ensembles improve dramatically over the three days of intensive music-making, and students also enjoy the activities and the opportunities for socialising in a relaxed setting.

Due to venue availability, numbers are limited to 90 students so please get your forms in quickly as we cannot increase numbers past this cap.

Please fill out the Music Camp registration form at this link: Music Camp Form

Please also download and complete the information pack at this link: Music Camp Information Pack

All forms MUST be returned to the school by Friday 2nd May. We are looking forward to another great Music Camp.