The String Ensemble

The String Ensemble perform for parents and guests at Presentation Night

Over the years the MSC band program, under the leadership of its outstanding directors and supported by an enthusiastic and dedicated group of parent volunteers, has established a reputation as one of the very best in NSW.

The core of the BoMSC program is the Wind Stream and String Ensemble.  All BoMSC Members must play in at least one of the core Wind Stream bands or the String Ensemble.

The Wind Stream comprises three ensembles: Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Wind Orchestra.  The optional extension ensembles (Jazz Stream and Chamber Orchestra) and Jazz Combo support additional musical styles.

The Jazz Stream ensembles comprise Swing Band, Stage Band, Big Band and Jazz Orchestra. The String Ensemble is a stream in its own right.  Chamber Orchestra comprises selected String Ensemble members and wind and brass instruments.  Jazz combo is the senior MSC jazz improvisation group, membership by invitation.

The jazz improvisation stream is a cross-campus group open to students at any of the five Northern Beaches Secondary College campuses.

Please click here for a diagram showing the structure of the BoMSC program.

For all enquiries about the band program please contact the BOMSC president Sarah Dowse:

News & Events

Term 3 Band Committee Meeting       Monday 14 August
The Committee meeting will be held at 8pm in the library, with an Executive Committee meeting at 7pm. All band families are welcome and encouraged to attend. The parents who actively support the Bands of MSC, even if only in a very small way, find that it is truly a most rewarding way to participate in and support the school. Every bit of help and interest is most welcome.

Semester Two Band fees Fees were emailed this week by the school office
on behalf of the band. This replaces the postal invoices and we give a big thank you to office staff for achieving this new system.
Please note: The $15 discount for on-time payment has been already deducted from the membership amount. Payment due date has been extended
until Friday 25 August.

Trivia night next Saturday 19 August
All band families, there are only 12 tickets left for the Trivia night, see the ad in The Weekly Pines for more details. Can’t make it? You can donate to the
event via the same Trybooking link.

What’s on

2017 Band event calendar 

Term Three
Term 3 Band Committee Meeting
Monday 14 August, 8pm in the Library. All welcome

P&C/ Band Trivia Fundraiser
Saturday 19 August at MSC Hall. All welcome

Australian Schools Orchestral Festival
Morning of Sunday 27 August at Leighton Hall

TAU/Conservatorium High School/MSC Concert
Monday 28 August at the Verbrugghen Hall,
Conservatorium High School: WE

Musicale rehearsal (TBC)
Friday 15 September at MSC: SWO/JO/SE/CO

Saturday 16 September, 3:30 pm at The
Independent Theatre, North Sydney:

Intermediate Band tour
Monday 18-Thurs 21 September: WE/BB

Farewell Assembly to Year 12
Monday 21 September at MSC: SwB/SB

Manly Jazz Festival (TBC)
Saturday 30 September at Manly: JC

International Band Tours

Int tour itinerary

The MSC touring band group had a spectacular fortnight in Italy and Austria in April 2015. The tour fulfilled all hopes of being a magical musical experience for the band members, with their own performances reaching new heights and never to be forgotten musical experiences and venues like the jazz and wind masterclasses, the glorious acoustics of San Stefano church in Florence, the invitation to exclusively sit in on a rehearsal of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in the famous Musikverein Golden Hall.  A universal love of fine music brought us into contact with generous, gracious and extraordinary conductors, performers and cultural ambassadors in both Italy and Austria.

Past international band tours have included trips to China in 2012, Japan in 2009 and Europe in 2006.