Director of Music | Acting Director, Mr Jan Hewerdine

On Thursday 22 February the GPS Centenary Music Showcase was held at QPAC to a full house. Gregory Terrace Old Boy Marco Taraborrelli (GT, 2016) was a featured soloist with the concert band. In addition, we had 22 Terrace students performing in either the Concert Band, Orchestra or Choir. The culminating work, Carmina Burana was a fitting finish to this historically significant event.

This week’s assembly featured the Waterford Strings, under the direction of Mrs Domenica Kelly playing the Irish folk classic Wind that Shakes the Barley. Next Tuesday’s assembly will be opened by the Red Thunder Drumline.

A String Soirée is to be held on the evening of Wednesday 7 March in the Edmund Rice Theatre, Waterford Place. Please see below for more details.

The ANZAC Day Marching Band (SWE and Red Thunder Drumline), will be marching Saturday 3 March, at the Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival. This event provides an important training opportunity for next term’s ANZAC Day march through the city.

A reminder that we need members to take the marching band jacket (Athletics Band Jacket) and your instrument home before Saturday, as we need to load the bus right on 8.30am.

Students in Years 11 and 12 who participate in our Premier Ensembles are eligible to receive Honour Pockets. The conditions for receiving an Honour Pocket are set out on p.151 of the Student Diary. Please read these carefully and ensure that you understand the qualifications required to receive an Honour Pocket. Students may check their attendance percentage with their ensemble director at any time throughout the year. If you are unable to attend a rehearsal for any reason, please notify your ensemble director via email. 

To discontinue lessons, please email at least two full weeks prior to the end of term (Thursday 15 March). Notification after this time will incur a full term’s fee for the following term.

For those students who perform with our beginner and intermediate level ensembles, it is a requirement that you wear grey trousers for performances. This provides a more formal and unified look as opposed to a mix of student wearing trousers and shorts. Trousers are available from the Uniform Shop in sizes from 8 to 18. Students who perform only as part of the Years 5 and 6 Band and Strings classes do not need to purchase trousers. 

The Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University is pleased to present the inaugural State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) Middle School - South-East Queensland from Friday 1 June to Sunday 3 June 2018; to be held at Queensland Conservatorium's South Bank campus in Brisbane. SHEP provides an opportunity for middle school (Years 5 - 8) wind, brass, percussion, string and voice students to work in an intensive environment of musical excellence with their peers from South-East Queensland, under the leadership of a team of eminent conductors from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. 

Please note that submissions are being made by the student’s instrumental teacher, who then let the family know that they have nominated their child. This closes tomorrow.

Please check the Terrace App and Parent Lounge regularly as this is where information regarding various events (see the list below) will now be published. As events are approved and posted to the Parent Lounge, you will be sent an email advising the name of the event, including the Event Memo, to check and you will be required to give a response regarding attendance. Event Memos will also be available through the Terrace App in Music and will no longer be emailed separately.

Term 1 Events

String Soirée, Wednesday 7 March in the evening in the Edmund Rice Theatre, Waterford Place. Arrive time 5.30pm for a 6-7pm performance

ANZAC Day Marching Band (SWE and Red Thunder Drumline), Saturday 3 March, 8.30am-6.50pm, Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival 

Holiday Workshops

ANZAC Day Marching Band, Monday 10 April and Tuesday 11 April, TBC

Red Peppers Pep Band, Monday 10 April and Tuesday 11 April, TBC