Band exchange across our College, Boys’ School and Girls’ School

June 13, 2022 at 5:13 PM

Story by Symphonic Band flautist Jina You

On 9 June, students from our College Symphonic band hosted fellow musicians from the Boys’ School and Girls’ School for a music exchange. With the band increasing in size to over 80 members, everyone had an opportunity to play. It was bigger, louder and better!

Throughout the day, our enlarged Symphonic Band for the day covered three pieces. The first was Timepiece by Randall D. Standridge, a composition the College Band had been working on. The second was a piece the Boys’ School had been rehearsing, Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Phillip Lawrence, Jeff Bhasker, Devon Gallaspy and Nicholaus Williams. The third piece, Air For Band by Frank Erickson, was a new piece that served as a sight-reading challenge for everyone.  

As the day passed, we witnessed significant improvement in the quality of music. The great atmosphere encouraged our young musicians to play with confidence and to truly enjoy the sounds they were making.

Towards the end, the whole group was led to play the repertoire consecutively in a concert-like style. It was quite a challenge, but we did it! The exchange had helped each of us sharpen our musical skills.

As a treat for our hard work and perseverance, we were all happy to have a large serving of pizza for lunch.

We would like to thank the band directors Mr Tom Chester, Mr Matt Baker and Ms Mary Lin from the College, Ms Georgina Jarvis from the Boys’ School and Mr Seamus Ford from Girls’ School for supporting our musical journey and making this gathering an enjoyable and valuable learning experience for all of us.

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