2011 NSW State Band Championships


The entire Knox community has every reason to be exceptionally proud of our 135 boys from ALL three Bands in the Knox Grammar Senior School. In fact this would be a massive understatement!

Our boys have once again performed with distinction in three separate divisions at the 2011 NSW Band Association State Band Championships, on Sunday, 28 August at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith.

With quality representation in every division, the Knox Grammar School is indeed privileged to be the ONLY school within Australia that may represent this depth across ALL Divisions (Junior A, B & C Grades). This in itself is something to be sincerely proud of boys, bravo!

Now, here are just a few things from the middle.

‘I was particularly inspired by the consistency of each bands program, vibrancy of tone throughout each ensemble, attention to detail and brilliant musical shape that was evident in all three bands performances’. All of our Knox performances consisted of a TEST PIECE, HYMN and OWN CHOICE selections to complete the three respective programs, in which every boy should be exceptionally proud of their commitment and performance. Also, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our parents, for whom without your support these experiences would not be possible.' So now, here are the results……

JUNIOR A GRADE: 2011 NSW State & Australian National Champions!
Knox Grammar School Symphonic Wind Ensemble: Awarded 1st Place with a total of 220/250 points. SWE had 53 boys on stage from Years 8-12
• HYMN: Shenandoah 42/50
• TEST: Push 88/100
• OWN CHOICE: Blue Shades 90/100

General Comments: An excellent energetic and technically capable ensemble. This is a fine ensemble worthy of recognition within a University field and/or professional musical ensembles.

JUNIOR B GRADE: Knox Concert Band – Debut performance in the Junior B Grade U/19 years Division.
Knox Grammar School Concert Band: Awarded 2nd Place with a total of 200/250 points. Concert Band had 34 boys on stage from Years 8/9
• HYMN: If Thou Be Near 38/50
• TEST: To the Summit! 80/100
• OWN CHOICE: Saturn, The Ringed Planet 82/100

General Comments: A great group with fine soloists. Well done!

JUNIOR C GRADE: Knox Year 7 Wind Band – Debut performance in the Junior C Grade U/19 years Division.
Knox Grammar School Year 7 Wind Band: Awarded 3rd Place with a total of 200/250 points. The Knox Year 7 Wind Band had 48 boys on stage from Year 7!
• HYMN: Jerusalem 37/50
• TEST: Choreography 80/100
• OWN CHOICE: The Pioneers 83/100

General Comments: A good group! You play with energy and vitality and lots of enthusiasm.
Mr James Brice: Director of Instrumental Performance, KAPA