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Orchestras and Concert Bands

Mr Russell Bauer

Conductor

Mr Russell Bauer - Head of Performance Music

BMusic(1st Class Honours) B Creative Arts, GradDip(Secondary Education)

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and
work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea” - Antoine de Saint Exupery

Now in his third year as a teacher at Sheldon College, Russell moves into the role of the newlyappointed
Head of Performance Music, and at the heart of his teaching philosophy is his desire to instil
a love of music upon all those he teaches. His aim is to create a vibrant, engaging and unparalleled
beginner music program for young students, by bringing together audio-visual, graphical and storytelling
resources. To that end, Russell will continue to develop his innovative ‘detective’ system that
saw him recognised as one of the 15 Australian finalists in the National Excellence in Teaching Awards
(NEiTA) in 2003.

Sheldon College has a Performance Music Program that provides weekly tuition to more than 600 students who have
access to more than 35 ensembles, many of which received outstanding recognition in Brisbane competitions and music
festivals last year. In 2013, student ensembles provided the music for the College Musical “Hairspray” and for the 9th Arts
Academies Awards, while the Senior Concert Band received national recognition for their performance at the First Ashes
Test held at the ‘Gabba. The Orchestra ended the year by being selected as the Christmas Orchestra for the Redlands City
Carols. 2014 will see more opportunities for Sheldon College ensembles to perform at major events across the city.

While working closely with a team of 18 Music Specialists, Russell will also continue teaching three year levels of classroom
music, with the goal of creating one of Australia’s first truly synergetic Music Programs where classroom and instrumental
studies are merged as one creative subject.

In teaching Senior Music, Russell will draw on his experience as a former University Music Lecturer to extend the ability of
his students in all areas, but particularly in Composition and Arranging. 2010 saw the world premiere of Russell’s musical
“Houdini: The Man From Beyond” which was co‑written by Australian poet, Dr Bruce Dawe. This collaborative work was
selected in 2011 as one of seven new musicals showcased at the Sydney Writers Festival.

One of Russell’s overarching principles is the development of advanced memory techniques and he is considered one of
Australia’s leading authorities in this area, winning the first national Australian Memory Championships back in 2002. He
also holds the Australian record for most hours playing piano (37 hours), a feat which included playing from a repertoire of
over 800 memorised pieces.

Senior College Concert Orchestra

This is Sheldon College's premier ensemble, made up of our most experienced wind, brass, string and percussion students. Entry is by a selection-process, with the coordinators of strings, brass, woodwind and percussion nominating students. This orchestra performs at special College events such as Celebration of Excellence and Senior Graduation, Night at the Movies and is also the centrepiece of the College’s annual Arts Academy Awards.

Recent performance highlights for this ensemble include performing at the Australia vs France Rugby Union International (Suncorp Stadium, June 2014), performing at the Annual Arts Academy Awards and being selected as the orchestra for the 2013 Redland City Council Christmas Carols.

Instrumentation - Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Electric Bass, Percussion (Mallets, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Timpani, etc) Keyboard (optional), Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

Rehearsal Venue - Sheldon College Stadium

Times - To be confirmed (Dependant on upcoming events)

Conductor - Mr Russell Bauer

Senior College Concert Band

The Senior Concert Band is an ensemble made up the most proficient wind, brass and percussion students from Years 8 - 12. This orchestra performs at every Friday Assembly (except for those occasions when other groups are invited to be the "Assembly Band").  Wind/brass/percussion students in Years 9-10 who nominate music for their Excel session will form this ensemble . The aim of the Senior College Concert Band is to provide students with an avenue for performing pieces that are considered standard repertoire for this type of group, as well as new and challenging arrangements and compositions. Students may be given opportunities to conduct this ensemble.

Recent performance highlights for this ensemble include performing at the 1st Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the 'Gabba in 2013 and also performing at the first day/night match at the Gabba in 2016.

Instrumentation - Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Electric Bass, Percussion (Mallets, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Timpani, etc)

Rehearsal Venue - Stadium

Time - Thursday 3:45pm – 5:45pm all students and Friday, Period 5 (PA9) Years 9 to 12 only

Conductor - Mr Russell Bauer

Middle College Concert Band

The Middle College Concert Band is an ensemble made up the most proficient wind, brass and percussion students from Years 6 - 7. Wind/brass/percussion teachers select students based on ability and instrumentation . The aim of the Middle College Concert Band is to provide our emerging instrumentalists with an avenue for performing a variety of musical styles, including light classical, film soundtrack and popular tunes. Students may be given opportunities to conduct this ensemble.

Recent performance highlights for this ensemble include being the Assembly Band in November 2013, 2014 and 2015, and performing at the Junior College Celebration of Excellence and  being the pre-show entertainment at our Night at the Movies events.

From 2017 this ensemble will rehearse alongside the Senior College Concert Band and students are also invited to become members of the Assembly Band each Friday morning.  This will allow our Senior College musicians to work alongside the Middle College students in a mentoring capacity.

Instrumentation - Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Electric Bass, Percussion (Mallets, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Timpani, etc)

Rehearsal Venue - Stadium

Time - Thursday 3.45pm - 4.45pm

Conductor - Mr Russell Bauer

Year 5 Concert Band

The Year 5 Concert Band is an ensemble made up of wind, brass and percussion students who have chosen to continue their musical studies from the Year 4 Beginner Program. The aim of this ensemble is to develop students' instrumental ability into an intermediate stage of development, through the performance of authentic Concert Band music covering a range of styles from Popular to light classical.

Instrumentation - Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Electric Bass, Percussion (Mallets, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Timpani, etc)

Rehearsal Venue - Band Room (PA9)

Time - Wednesday, 7:15am

Conductor - Mr Russell Bauer

Year 4 Beginner Band

Students who are selected in the Year 4 Instrumental Program for woodwind, brass or percussion are part of the largest Year 4 ensemble, known as the Year 4 Band. While lessons are held in school time once a week, all students in Year 4 Band come together each Thursday afternoon for an ensemble rehearsal from 2.20 - 3.10pm in the Band Room. In 2013, selected students were invited to perform solos in Term Two as part of the "Hundred Days of Music" concert, while the full Year 4 Band presented two concerts in Semester Two 2014, including The Festival of Sound. Students who wish to continue learning their chosen instrument in Year 5 are automatically invited to become members of the Sheldon College Year 5 Concert Band.

Instrumentation - Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Electric Bass, Percussion (Mallets, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Timpani, etc)

Rehearsal Venue - Band Room (PA9)

Time - Thursday, Period 5 (2.20 - 3.10pm)

Conductor - Mr Russell Bauer