Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

Concert Band

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The MAS Concert Band and Choir were out and about on Friday December 8, playing concerts at Yorketown Area School, Minlaton District School and Ardrossan Area School as part of their annual Yorke Music Tour. 
Despite the tight time schedule, we played a full programme at each school, with both the band and choir performing well in the varied conditions. 
The Concert Band performed selections from its 2013 programme as well as some Christmas favourites. Our vocal version of 'Little Talks' proved popular with all the schools.
The Choir dressed up to perform 'Socks and Jocks' and 'Stand Together', both from the 2013 Festival of Music programme. At AAS the choir was joined by the Ardrossan Festival Choir and the two groups sang together, in perfect harmony!
A big thank you to Nixon's buses for our transport, to Community members Malcolm Kinch, Di Morgan and Helen Stocking for your support, to the band members from the school's we visited and to the schools for helping us set the tour up. Thanks also to our roadie and DJ Jesse Lawler for organising the PA system.
Well done Mrs Schwartz for organising another opportunity for our students to demonstrate their musical skills to a wide and diverse audience.
Presentation Night 2013 on Tuesday December 10 was standing room only with the Performing Arts Centre filled to capacity and beyond. The audience was entertained in the lead up to the opening by the MAS Concert Band performing a selection of songs from their 2013 repertoire.
At 7pm Year 11 student Brooke Smith made the Acknowledgement of Country and the Festival Choir and Concert Band gave stirring performances. Principal Andrew Gravestocks spoke of the past year and highlighted some of the many events, opportunities and achievements of our school, from interstate and international travel, to growth in test results, reduction in behaviour management and the growing sense of community and desire to excel. He farewelled a number of staff, highlighting the extensive careers of primary teachers Kaye McCauley and Jackie Norman, both of whom retire this year.

Read more: Presentation Night 2013

We held our annual Music Concert in the performing Arts Centre on Thursday, October 24 with a wonderful crowd and a full programme.
The evening slipped quickly by, with items from the school Concert Band (inc. Les Miserables, Wicked, Skyfall), the Festival Choir (inc. Stand Together, Take a Bow), the Junior Choir (inc. Old Time Rock 'n' Roll), the 5/6 Band (Bunyip Blues) and items from small ensembles and soloists.
We paid tribute to our three Year 12 students (Maddie Briggs, Amy Nankivell and Anneliese Moloney) and our retiring Festival Choir accompanist, Diane Wheare.
The evening was warmly received and truly showcased our talented students conductor Debbie Schwartz and the whole of the music staff.
We also received this letter from visitors to the area:
On Tuesday this week we made an unplanned stop in Maitland to shelter from the wild windy weather. Yesterday afternoon we were enjoying a walk around the town & noticed a sign at your school advertising the 2013 Music Concert.  We decided it might be nice to attend, which we subsequently did.
We want you to know that last night's performance has been one of the highlights of our holiday - we thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was wonderful to see the young people displaying their musical talents, no doubt largely due to the encouragement, training and leadership given them by yourself and the other school staff and helpers involved in the school's musical program.  We were impressed with the way the evening program was so well organised and conducted - despite the minor inevitable "hiccups" which may have occurred.  It was great to see such a variety of talent on display, including that of some quite young children.
The printed program (handout) was very impressive - we have never before seen a similar document of such a high standard. 
Debbie, we would like to especially commend you on your involvement with last night's programme, and for the wonderful work you are obviously doing within the school's music program.  Keep up the good work. Thanks again to you, your colleagues and the students for a wonderful evening.
Regards, Len & Sue Fittell


The MAS Concert Band opened for the Tea Tree Gully Concert Band on Sunday at the Anglican Church's fund-raiser held at the Maitland Town Hall. Many thanks to students, staff and parents for supporting the performance and to the Tea Tree Gully band and their conductor Jim Dempsey for their support and encouragement.


Our Concert Band visited Ardrossan Area School and Curramulka Area School on Friday November 30 as part of our annual YP Band tour. 
The students played well despite the variable weather conditions - it got very sultry! -  so we appreciated the responsive audiences in both schools . 
We finished the day playing for the Primary SRC assembly back in Maitland. 
Thanks go to Debbie Schwartz for organising the tour, to community members Di Morgan, Malcolm Kinch and Linda Kinch for joining us and to our bus driver Rod Nixon.


The Concert Band recently performed at the Curramulka Lights for the sixth time, continuing an annual tradition that  started in 2007.

The show has certainly expanded in that time, and this year we were played in a colourful marquee, set alongside trading tables, stalls, amusements and even the big man himself, Santa.

Being held at the busy time of the year means we don't always have our full group, so it was wonderful that so many students and staff were able to join us, including ex-scholar Brittany Honner, who donned the MAS colours and lent her flute playing skills to the ensemble.

The band played a selection of Christmas tunes and concert items, with 'Holiday Cheer' and 'Pirates of the Carribean' being strong crowd favourites.

The band joined in the local festivities too, following the parade around the oval (probably in the hope of a lolly or two!) and competing in some of the many children's activities that had been organised.

A big thank you to the Cury Lights Committeee; we really appreciated our spacious tent (and lack of gales!) and the students enjoyed their chocolate treat and thank-you card after.

Thanks also go to the parents who transported students and (as always) support the band and to the staff who gave their time to carry equipment and perform.

Here's looking forward to Lighting Up in 2013!

The Primary students were entertained at the Friday assembly on September 14 by the MAS Concert Band.The band set up on the music side of the PAC and we opened up the doors so students could sit and enjoy their program of musical items.The mini-concert was videoed for Year 12 students Amy Nankivell and Hadyn Lodge (Ardrossan) who will use the footage as part of their Year 12 moderation process.

Sax Ensemble Trophy

On Friday the 27th of July Maitland Area School was represented by the Maitland Area Saxophone Ensemble and the Maitland Area School Concert Band at the Balaklava Eisteddfod.

The Saxophone Ensemble met a 10:30 at the Church of Christ to tune up and watch some of the other performances. The Saxophone Ensemble played three pieces The Muppet Show Theme, Bohemian Rhapsody and Fun, Fun, Fun.


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Read more: 2012 Balaklava Eisteddfod

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