With a program that included the dance-pop hit "Moves Like Jagger" , the flamboyant 70's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and the more usual concert band repertoire, there was plenty to challenge participants at the recent Western Region Band Camp.
Three of our secondary students, Courtney Graham (year 7), Emily Smith (year 8) and Abigail Irving (year 8) were selected to take part in this year's camp at Lake Burrendong, joining students from twenty-four other schools including Orange High School, Lithgow High School, Dubbo College Senior Campus and Mudgee High School.
The annual camp provides an opportunity for public school music students from years 5 to 12 to enrich their musical knowledge with expert tutors visiting from Sydney. Students worked solidly for five hours a day over six days, learning ten pieces. Abigail also participated in the advanced band group, requiring a further hour's practice after dinner each day.
It wasn't all hard work though, with swimming pool games, slip and slide, rock climbing and archery on offer by day and theatre sports, a Dance Party, Mini Olympics and Wacky Races by night.
By the end of the week the keen young musicians had combined to make an amazing orchestral sound which they proudly showcased at a special concert for parents and other family members.