LEATHAM MUSIC

Murray Conservatorium Murray
Conservatorium

Concert Band

Contacts

> Murray Conservatorium

502 Dean St. Albury, NSW(02) 6041 4249

Gregory Lewis0439 430 536


About us

CONCERT BAND is a teaching and performance ensemble, studying original band repertoire and arrangements not often played by school and community bands. We welcome intermediate and advanced players of all wind and percussion instruments.

We also offer two beginner groups.

> Learn more about The Newbies.

> Learn more about our 21C orchestra.

Rehearsals

Tuesdays in NSW school terms. 6:00pm – 7:30pm

The Concert Band addresses musical concepts that extend beyond merely playing notes. Members are expected to learn their parts prior to rehearsals.

Full rehearsals are where musicians listen to other parts and build ensemble skills that cannot be learned alone.

We regularly focus on fundamental technique, including a step-by-step approach to playing scales and arpeggios in all keys. See the Technical Work section.

Specific areas of study include:

Professional musicians often join our rehearsals, as mentors and role models for tone, intonation, rhythmic precision, expressive interpretation and musicianship.

Sitting alongside an expert player is the best possible way of learning in a band. Practice parts will be issued to all school-age students.

Rehearsal is the time to develop skills that cannot be learned when home alone. Knowing your part before you arrive at the band room lets us move quickly to making quality music as an integrated ensemble, not just honking a succession of dots on a page.

Repertoire

Follow your part as you listen to these sound files. It is important to know when to play melodies with intensity and when to sit back on supporting harmonies or rhythms.

Membership fees

Our fee is $85 per NSW school term. A reduced rate may apply for membership of multiple groups. Please contact the office on (02) 6041 4249.


Band resources

Tutor Books

Intermediate students are encouraged to buy a tutor book to assist with their home study. Hundreds of short pieces cover a large range of styles, rhythms and articulations.

Build your skills to play in tune and in time by practising with the backing tracks. Professional musicians play technical etudes, providing an excellent model for your own tone production.

Each track contains the melody followed by the band backing alone. A valuable strategy is to mime the fingering or slide movements and sing the melody the first time, then play along the second time.

These books can be ordered from any music shop. Cost is around $15.

Video links

Articles

Music Apps

> Steinway Metronome for iPhone is free. Other digital metronomes are available. It is important to play with a metronome now and then to check that you are not slowing down in the difficult passages, or speeding up on the easy notes!

> Cleartune is easy to use, and will freeze on a reading if you honk a short note. This is a valuable way of checking your intonation. If you play sustained notes you may be tempted to adjust your embouchure to alter the screen reading. Cost is around $5.

Music Stands

It is not possible to breathe fully unless you are sitting or standing correctly. A music stand is a necessity for correct posture. For playing when seated, small fold-up models are available from any music shop, and sometimes from Aldi stores. Cost is around $25.

If you are serious about your studies we recommend the Wenger Classic 50. We use these at the Murray Conservatorium.

It is made from impact-resistant Polycarbonate, can be adjusted with one hand, has a recess to hold pencils and can be raised to full standing height.

Cost is around $100 for a stand that will last a lifetime.

Gregory Lewis - Band Director

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