First Year Bands update 08

Dec 4, 2008

Heather now runs a beginner band at Puhinui School as well as at Pap. West. Both have had a good year and are producing more controlled and consistent sounds. Public performance is an important part of their activities, and both bands have performed at school events including concerts, assemblies and graduations.

Rachel, David and Lyn’s first year string orchestra at Papatoetoe East School has also given several performances. Rachel says, “The hall was full and the audience loved them. I was on stage playing, and saw the look of surprise on many of the faces of the audience – they obviously thought the beginner strings would sound scratchy and squeaky.” All the children are keen to continue next year, apart from two who are leaving Auckland. So in 2009 there will be two string groups at PEP, and two wind groups each at Pap. West and Puhinui Schools.