16 October 2017

Music Department

During the past fortnight music students of Scotch College performed in the Concert Band Showcase, WA Schools Guitar Festival and the IBDP Recital Night.

The Concert Band Showcase featured woodwind, brass and percussion students from the Middle School Concert Band and the Senior School Concert Band presenting a varied programme of concert band repertoire in the Dickinson Centre. The night was an exciting one for the Music Department as it debuted a new ensemble for 2016, the Scotch College Drumline. Under the direction of Mr James Chong percussion students have been preparing for one term and performed to a receptive audience on the night. When a Drumline joins a Concert Band to perform it is known in the US as a 'Pep Band'. To conclude the concert Scotch presented a first for schools in WA as the Drumline and Senior Concert Band joined forces to perform an arrangement of 'Brickhouse' with Scotch musicians Kyle Imlah (Year 10, Keys) - Guitar and Timothy Oe (Year 11, Ross) - Bass. This roof-raising finale created a sound, which from the audience's enthusiastic response, we will hear on many occasions into the future.

The school's Senior Guitar Ensemble performed at Carine SHS in the annual WA Schools' Guitar Festival. This ensemble is recognised for playing innovative arrangements and under the direction of Mr Robert Spence, they received an Excellent for their performance. The ensemble received an Excellent in each of the categories for tuning, balance, tone quality, rhythmic accuracy, dynamics, phrasing, presentation and ensemble by the festival adjudicators.

Last week the stage of the Dickinson Centre was transformed into the Schools newest café style performance venue as senior students performed solo repertoire in the IBDP Recital Night. Charles Barblett (Year 12, Stuart) - Trumpet, Angus Warman (Year 12, Brisbane) - Piano, Lachlan Mackenzie (Year 12, Anderson) - Baritone Saxophone and Harrison Nicholls (Year 12, Shearer) - Trombone, should all be congratulated for performing as soloists with some outstanding musicianship heard by the audience who attended this recital.

Important Dates:

Winter Term

Week 6, Monday 29 August - Tuesday 30 August, JS/MS Music Festival, JS and MS Music, MacKellar Hall

Week 6, Monday 29 August WAAPA Incursion, Senior Music Department, 3.45pm

Week 7, Monday 5 September, Combined Symphony Orchestra rehearsal and Supper, 7.00pm Dickinson Centre

Week 7, Friday 9 September, Senior Spring Concert, 6.00pm Dickinson Centre

Contact Details

The Instrumental Programme is administered by the Senior School Music Department and all queries should be directed to the Music Administrators, Julia Robinson (Monday to Wednesdays) and Donna Ranauro (Thursday and Fridays) via phone 9383 6841 or email music@scotch.wa.edu.au

Alternately, please contact Mr Tim Simpson, Acting Head of Music, via email TimSimpson@scotch.wa.edu.au or phone 9383 6824.

If you wish to become more involved in supporting the Music Department, please contact FOSM@scotch.wa.edu.au.

Mr Tim Simpson

Acting Head of Music