WA Public Schools' Contemporary Music Ensemble Festival

WA Public Schools' Contemporary Music Ensemble Festival

Event details

Date: 26 to 27 August 2023

Venue: Canning Vale College

Applications: To be announced

Eligibility: The WA Public Schools' Contemporary Music Ensemble Festival is open to public school bands and ensembles with members attending the same school, under the direction of an Instrumental Music School Services teacher or a classroom music teacher from the school.

The aims of the WA Public Schools' Contemporary Music Ensemble Festival are to:

  • provide bands and ensembles an opportunity to perform to an audience using professional sound production
  • give bands and ensembles an opportunity to hear others perform.
  • provide each band and ensemble with constructive comments from an informed adjudicator.
  • present each band and ensemble with a certificate to recognise participation.

Each participating ensemble is expected to present an appropriate and contrasting program of up to 3 pieces, with a total performance time not exceeding 15 minutes.

Schools entering more than one band should be prepared to prioritise their entries, with a total performance time not exceeding 30 minutes for each school.

The following equipment will be on stage at the festival:

  • drum kit
  • electronic keyboard
  • amps: keyboard amp, bass amp, 4 guitar amps
  • music stands
  • audio set up with PA and operator provided
  • four front of band vocal/instrumental microphones
  • fold-back speakers.

Ensembles will need to provide any other equipment that they require. Guitarists and bass guitarists must provide their own leads. Drummers must provide their own sticks and may use their own snare drums and cymbals, but remember that a quick changeover is essential between groups.

Students and parents are encouraged to listen to the other ensembles and to provide a supportive audience. However, it is expected that directors and parents will provide ongoing supervision and duty of care for students.

Photographs of participating bands from the 2022 festival are available for viewing and purchase at Graham Hall Photographer. Use the password ‘band22’.

One of the reasons for the outstanding success of the festival is the contribution made by volunteers. Some of the tasks we need volunteers for include stage management and marshalling.

Volunteering is a great way to meet other directors and hear bands from other schools.

If you are interested in volunteering, register for your preferred session or sessions using the online database.

Contact us

For festival enquiries contact Tanya Chapman or Jeremy Peet.