Help us buy a new drum kit for our Jazz and Wind bands as the current kit needs to be replaced.
Sydney Secondary College (SSC) has an extensive and very successful instrumental music program (IMP) which includes students from across all three campuses of the college (Balmain, Leichhardt and Blackwattle Bay). The IMP is made up of around 250 students (roughly 10% of all students in the college) and so is one of the largest programs in the college and a highlight of cross-campus life for many SSC students. These students are spread across the eleven ensembles which make up the program. There are four wind bands, three string groups, three jazz groups and a percussion ensemble, with many students participating in multiple ensembles. Each ensemble rehearses once a week before school during term time. All ensembles involve students from multiple campuses, and the college bus returns students to their home campus in time for the school day. Each ensemble performs multiple times a term, and there are over 60 performances organised by the IMP in any given year. Every ensemble participates in the ONE concert (Term 1), IMP Music Camp (Term 2), Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival (Term 2 or 3), Music In The Park (Term 3) and either our November Nocturnes concert or Jazz At The Bay showcase (Term 4). Each ensemble also performs at assemblies, festivals, fetes and other internal/external events several times a year.
The SSC IMP caters for every level of musician, and our students develop from junior musicians through to performers at an exceptional level. Our ensembles regularly feature in the highest categories in regional competitions and festivals, and regularly place highly in their field. Many of our musicians are involved in The Arts Unit ensembles, regional groups, and highly-regarded events such as Schools Spectacular. The SSC IMP is proudly inclusive while developing students to become excellent musicians, students and human beings.
Please note that donations for school initiatives like IMP do not qualify for tax deductible status.
Watch the Wind Ensemble play at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Percussion Group Rehearsal
- Alex Masso
- Kathryn Reynolds
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