IBP TRAINING BAND SOARS INTO ACTION
On Friday March 10 at 7:30am our vibrant College 'Training Band' soared into action as they created their first notes as a full music ensemble, and discovered the power and enjoyment of creating music as a team! All fifty-three students filled the S1 band room with wonderful sounds that pulsated with energy and sheer youthful enthusiasm. The 'Training Band,' is part of the College's ever growing Instrumental Bands Program, which provides students (from Years 4 - 8) detailed group tuition on one of the numerous band instruments. This extraordinary school subsidized IBP program gives young students a chance to 'have a go,' at one of the four instrumental categories (Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion and Electric Bass) of instruments, as they explore and develop their musical talents.
Our Head of Instrumental Music, Phillip Reichman along with brass teacher David Robinson and woodwinds teacher, Peter Sheridan leads the 50 minute rehearsal. The IBP 'Training Band' will perform at the Mid-Year Annual Concert (Karralyka), several Primary Assemblies, the fantastic 'Bands Night,' as well as compete at the annual state-wide Victorian School's Music Festival held at BMW Federation Square.
The Instrumental Band Program has been growing in the number of students that are enrolling each year. With the grace of God, the program's mission statement, 'to train young students in exploring their musical gifts,' and have LOTS of fun in the process has become a reality.
Woodwind Specialist & IBP Program
Instrumental Music Program
At Donvale Christian College we acknowledge the creativity of our Lord God and the gifts and talents that He has given us. Jesus taught us that we need to share our artistic talents with others (Matthew 25: 14-28); not to hide them; to develop them so that we may reveal His glory through them to help His kingdom grow. As a Performing Arts Department, we acknowledge the gift of performance music and the skills that the students of DCC need in order to grow and develop as a performer.
Instrumental Bands Program (IBP)
Donvale Christian College has launched an Instrumental Program designed to form the foundation of our school ensembles. The Instrumental Bands Program (IBP), is offered to students in Years 5 and 6.
This is an exciting opportunity to introduce your child to a musical instrument and to be involved in an initiative that will ultimately form dynamic and professional ensembles representing Donvale Christian College. These programs will promote and encourage fun and teamwork, and will provide experiences to be remembered by students in years to come.
Students will have the opportunity to attend various exciting concerts held by DCC throughout the year. Eligibility for these programs will be determined by a combination of student interest, teacher recommendation, parent request and requirements of the ensembles program. Over the course of the year, students in this program will have weekly lessons throughout the normal teaching term. Each lesson runs for 50 minutes. By term two, most students commence rehearsing in the training band.
IBP is offered at a cost of $550 per year plus a $60 bond for instrument hire. At the conclusion of the program, tuition is made available through the core instrumental program of the school.
Instrumental Music and Ensembles
We are incredibly privileged to be able to offer families an extensive Instrumental Music Program that includes private tuition on most instruments as well as a growing Ensembles and Bands Program.
Every student who plays or sings has the opportunity to become engaged in an ensemble at Donvale Christian College. All students who learn an instrument at school, including vocal lessons, are strongly encouraged to be a member of at least one of the following ensembles. Students who learn outside of school are also encouraged to further develop their musical skills by joining an ensemble.
• Junior String Orchestra
• Training Band
• Clarinet Ensemble
• Primary Worship Band
• Flute Ensemble
• Junior Concert Band
As well as opportunities to perform at our many concerts throughout the year, students also have the opportunity to perform at various functions. These include: instrumental recitals, eisteddfods, festivals, community events and school assemblies.
Instrumental Music Tutors
Piano: May Khong, Luke Donnellan, Annabel Young. Jake Bunston
Strings: Tania van Ommen, Margarita Iourgaeva, Trent Bunston
Brass: Tim Fisher, David Robinson
Woodwind: Peter Sheridan, David Bonfa, Bryce McMurray
Guitar/ Bass: David Tweedie, Josh Manusama, Jake Bunston
Percussion: Chris Broomhead
Voice: Melanie Searle, Lesley White