Balgowlah Heights Public School Band Program

Joining an Awesome Team - BHPS Band Program

Welcome to our successful band program which regularly wins awards at festivals and receives invitations to participate in special events.
 
The Band Program is an extra-curricular activity, employing professional conductors and is managed by parent volunteers with the support of the school.
 
Being part of large team like a band is an enjoyable, social experience, benefiting children in many ways. There is also compelling evidence for how playing an instrument benefits brain development.  You may wish to view this short video which explains the long-term positive effects on the brain. 

Next Steps - find out more

Please access our Junior Band Handbook here which provides more details about the program, instruments, some of the wonderful activities your child can be involved in and general information about joining the band program. You will also find below two videos demonstrating the instruments in a concert band. The first one is our year 6 children playing a short piece so you can hear how the instruments sound. The second video is the US Army band explaining how the instruments are played and how they work.

Once you have read the information and you are happy to proceed, please let us know by filling in the Junior/Training Band Registration Form.

If you have questions or need clarification on any points, please contact the Band Manager, Caroline Fechner via bhpsconcertband@optusnet.com.au.

What happens after we sign up?

Your child will need to attend a blow test where he/she can tryout the instruments.  This is a very simple process but can have a huge impact on the child's enjoyment of their instrument and being part of the the band.  Blow Test is on Tuesday 26 November from 7.30am in the Hall.

Factors such as physical stature, muscle strength around the mouth area, results from ear tests held a few weeks ago, any developmental issues (physically or otherwise) your child may have and your child's preferences are all considered when deciding on an instrument for your child. 


The instrument your child would like to play sometimes isn't the right choice for them as it may not give them the best chance of success longer term. We want to make sure the learning of the instrument and their participation in band is a positive experience from the outset.
The more information you can give us about your child on the sign up form will increase the likelihood that the right instrument choice will be made for them.  If you wish to discuss your child in more detail you can contact us via bhspconcertband@optusnet.com.au to arrange a time to meet with Ray Hampton.