Bandfest is an annual event held in Singleton, where local primary school students perform at Burdekin Park with members of the Singleton Town Band.
Now in its second year, Bandfest provides a relaxing day of musical fun as each schools’ band performs songs alongside the expertise of experienced musicians from the Singleton community.
This experience helps further student’s understanding of playing their chosen instrument and how to work together effectively to produce wonderful music.
Throughout the day, each school played through their own music, which they had rehearsed at school, before all schools came together at the end of the day to play in a massed band.
The St Catherine’s College Band rehearses every Thursday morning with experienced conductor, Kerrie Melamed.
Some of the students in the College Band have only been learning for 12 weeks, yet they have already experienced playing in a concert band – an amazing feat.
The songs performed by St Catherine’s band included Gallant March and Let’s Rock. The College’s Ukulele Ensemble also played a few songs they have been learning at school with Town Band members.
The students involved in this year’s performance were Jack Slater, Nate and Hugh Janssen, Ruby and Taliyha Pisters, Eve McCabe, Emma Shortis, Callan Hannigan, Nicholas Horsburgh, Louise Ford, Charlotte Davey, Toby Galloway, Clare Saville, James Emmerson, William Whitcombe and Vincent Lalewicz.
St Catherine’s commenced a primary music program this year to help support the College’s instrumental program and we are very excited for the future of the program as we endeavour to have all our students experience learning an instrument.