Primary Concert Bands

There are 2 ACT Primary Concert Bands and they exist solely to provide extension for students who are members of IMPACT Year 6 Band Classes in schools associated with the Program.  They are not community bands in the sense that membership is not open to all students from all primary schools.  They were established to have a specific purpose as teaching bands to complement the work being done by IMPACT staff in schools.  On that basis they are both directed and administered voluntarily by IMPACT staff, and they both rehearse after school hours each on a different evening - which explains their names; Primary Concert Band Monday and Primary Concert Band Thursday.  Guess which evenings they rehearse!

IMPACT staff have divided the 43 associated schools with Yr 6 bands into two groups of 21/22 schools in such a way that there is almost an equal number of “woodwind schools” and “brass schools” in each group. Careful attention is given to the number of Northside and Southside schools in each group to avoid comparisons. Every attempt is made to keep the groups appearing to be as equal in ability as possible - which is why they have such boring names! “PCB Blue" and “PCB Gold” or “PCB 1” and “PCB 2” could have led to the perception by outsiders of an upper and lower level band.

The auditions for membership are a two-part process.  In the first instance IMPACT staff will invite certain students to apply for audition.  These students will be those who have shown more rapid development than other students in their Band Class AND who have demonstrated behaviour and practice habits which indicate their readiness to move into a larger band situation.  Students who accept that invitation are auditioned by IMPACT staff, with one IMPACT staff member listening to all of the instruments of a specific type (e.g. all of the trumpets, or all of the clarinets).  Following these auditions 50 ~ 60 students are offered positions in each specific PCB - either the Monday group or the Thursday group, depending on which school they attend. Accepting a position in “the other” PCB is not an option.

Unfortunately almost as many students are not offered positions. This is often accompanied by disappointment, but as musicians it will be just the first time that they are unsuccessful at audition - as has happened to all of the IMPACT staff at some stage or other. It does not mean that they are “no good”, but that of the 100s of others who auditioned on the day some were more successful. Hopefully they will be more determined to audition for the Junior Concert Band at the end of Year 6.

Chosen from - IMP schools for IMP students only on their IMP issued instrument

The Primary Concert Band Monday consists of students in IMP classes in the following schools. They rehearse during term time on Mondays from 6.30-8.00pm at the IMP rooms inside UC High School Kaleen, Baldwin Drive, Kaleen. Annual cost is $75.   It is an extension opportunity for IMP students only. Schools in PCBM - Campbell, North Ainslie, Ainslie, Kingsford Smith, Florey, Mt Rogers, Fadden, Gowrie, Hawker, Red Hill, Garran, Forrest, Farrer, Torrens, Telopea Park, Aranda, Macquarie, Miles Franklin, Evatt, Chisholm, Yarralumla and Weetangera Schools.

Applications for PCBM 2017 have now closed.

The Primary Concert Band Thursday consists of students in IMP classes in the following schools. They rehearse during term time on Thursdays from 6.30-8.00pm at the IMP rooms inside UC High School Kaleen, Baldwin Drive, Kaleen. Annual cost is $75. It is an extension opportunity for IMP students only. Schools in PCBT - Fraser, Macgregor, Ngunnawal, Harrison, Amaroo, Gold Creek, Palmerston, Curtin, Hughes, Arawang, Chapman, Duffy, Wanniassa Hills, Monash, Kaleen, Turner, Lyneham, Majura, Gordon, Charles Conder, Neville Bonner and Namadgi Schools.

Applications for PCBT 2017 have now closed.

Auditions held Week 9, Term 4 December 5-9 at Instrumental Music Program, UC High School   Kaleen, Baldwin Drive Kaleen - an email will be sent to the address you provided on the form with your audition time.

Here are audition requirements

Student Information for Primary Concert Band Auditions for 2017 Bands

Here are 2017 PCB requirements for Yr 5s at auditions in week 9, term 4.

You will be asked to play 2 scales on page 37 of your copy of “Accent on Achievement” - see table below.

You will be asked to play 2 of the pieces from page 42/43 – see the table below.

You will also be asked to play some sight-reading – music that you have never seen before.

Percussionists, you will audition on both snare drum and bells.

Please talk to your IMP teacher if you have any questions.

French horn students who change over at end of year will audition in week 2, 2017 BUT APPLY NOW!!!!!!!!

Instrument

Scales

Scales

Pieces

Pieces

Flute

Concert Bb

Concert F

4

8

Oboe

Concert Bb

Concert F

4

7

Clarinets

Concert F

2 octaves if possible

Concert Eb

2 octaves if possible

5

8

Bass Clarinets

Concert F

Concert Eb

5

7

Saxophones (Alto & Tenor)

Concert Bb

Concert F

5

8

French Horns

Concert F

Concert Eb

4

5

All other Brass

Trumpets, Trombones

Euphoniums, Tubas

Concert Bb

Concert Eb

5

6

Percussion – both!

Snare Drum

Bells

N/A

Concert Bb

N/A

Concert F

2

4

5

N/Av

For queries please contact the IMP office on 62058265 or email rod.harding@ed.act.edu.au