String bowing and fingering in an ensemble context
7th Oct 2018 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Yamaha Music Room
How do we strengthen our students' fundamental skills within the context of our band rehearsals? How do we keep students engaged through the repetition of fundamentals? This demonstration will focus on ways to introduce, rehearse and build upon fundamental skills as a means to making more musical performances.
Queensland Wind and Brass (QWAB) was formed in December 1989 and arose from a need for a high standard musical group for post-secondary musicians. Since its inception, Queensland Wind and Brass has grown rapidly. In 1991, the group was the highest awarded concert band in the Queensland Festival of Music, Community Ensemble Section. In 1992 and again in 1999, Queensland Wind and Brass was the overall winner of this section where we were awarded the Most Outstanding Performance trophy. In 2001, QWAB came third in the A Grade National Band Competition and first in the A Grade Festival of Music. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 we were the highest awarded Wind Ensemble in the Brisbane City Council's “Battle of the Bands”. The group consists of both amateur and professional woodwind, brass and percussion players, aged from 17 years upwards. New members are always welcome! Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm in the Main Concert Hall of The Old Museum, Bowen Hills. Queensland Wind and Brass performs a large variety of music, appealing to a wide range of musical tastes and offering something for everyone. QWAB’s performances include functions and special events, public outdoor venues such as the Brisbane City Mall, festivals and competitions... and of course concerts at major venues, including their "home", The Old Museum Concert Hall. Themed concerts, such as Movies & Musicals are a QWAB specialty, appealing to a wide range of musical tastes and offering something for everyone. The QWAB Kids’ Concerts are not only very entertaining for the young (and not-so-young!) audience members - they are carefully structured so as to provide a stimulating and inspiring educational experience for young children. Recent kids’ concerts have been enormously popular, featuring appearances by Darth Vader (standing in for the conductor) and Harry Potter’s theme music.