On the 5 August our La Salle College Classic Rock Band performed in the CPAF Contemporary Band section held at Corpus Christi College. Performing some crowd favourites from Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson the ensemble performed superbly, wowing the audience and adjudicator resulting in a perfect score!
The La Salle College Show Band, small jazz combo La Salle Smooth and the Jazz Bandits (the College’s newest ensemble and junior Jazz Band) performed in the Jazz Band section of the CPAF at Chisholm College on Monday 9 August. Each ensemble performed to a very high level with La Salle College being the stand out performers on the evening.
On Thursday and Friday of Week 6 our La Salle College Concert Band, Year 7 Band, Year 8 Band and Year 9 Band performed at Sacred Heart College in the CPAF Concert Band section. Not only were they some of the largest groups in the festival, the students once again played to a very high level, solidifying La Salle’s reputation as one of the strongest Band programmes in WA.
ABODA Concert Band Festival
The College Concert Band once again returned at the ABODA Concert Festival held at the Churchlands Concert Hall, Churchlands Senior High School. The Band performed in A Division and received a highly commendable adjudication. The group were lucky enough to have a workshop with renowned conductor Dr Paul De Cinque, Chair of Music Education and Brass at the University of Western Australia’s Conservatorium of Music.
WA Schools Jazz Bands Festival
On Sunday 15 August, the La Salle College Show Band participated in the WA Schools Jazz Band Festival, held at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts. The band played very well impressing the adjudicator with their overall ensemble performance and a few stand out solos. The band was then lucky enough to receive a workshop with the adjudicator, a lecturer of Jazz at WAAPA itself.
Dance is one of the largest sections of the festival and runs over three nights (18 – 20 August) at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre. This year, our specialist dance programs, De La Dance Ensemble and De La J both participated on Thursday 19 August and received Certificates of Excellence for their entries. Junior Ensemble’s entry choreographed by Ms Melle Smith was the Sirens’ Call inspired by the ancient Greek stories of Odysseus and his travels. Our senior ensemble, choreographed by Ms Tneale Maher The Gyotcha Barn was inspired by the Tombstone Myth. The amazing costumes for both ensembles were designed by Ms Pauline Van Der Westhuizen.
Chris Milne| Director of Music & Shellie Rodriguez |Leader of Learning Arts