Bands

 
Grey Music Groups

The unprecedented variety of bands offered by the Grey Music Department avails the luxury of being able to employ each band for occasions to which they are best suited and most appropriate, and every effort is made to accept engagements for each band along this general guideline. The Brass Band is regarded as particularly suited to officiate at ceremonial and military occasions and events that require a traditional ambience. The Symphonic Wind Band is noted for its suitability to perform the widest variety of music styles and is therefore best placed at occasions that require pure entertainment. The Grey Orchestra is the school's best instrument of accompaniment and is therefore well suited to sacred occasions and where massed singing takes place.

As the Grey bands share sections of personnel, the attempt is made to pre-plan the spread of annual fixtures among the bands in order to avoid periods of over commitment which tend to produce below par results.

Each band strives to maintain the highest possible standard of performance, and band members are required to maintain their individual playing standard accordingly. A player who is not coping as a band/orchestra member may be taken out of the music group until his standard improves sufficiently. Band and Orchestra repertoire is chosen not only for its entertainment value but also to provide technical challenge and educational relevance.

Practical music tuition is not offered either as a subject or as an extra-mural basis to students who do not wish to serve in the school's bands as required.

 

The Grey Brass Band

This is the oldest music group at the Grey. The Brass Band no longer functions full-time throughout the year. The band is constituted from time to time to perform at specific ceremonies, mostly solemn in nature. It incorporates all brass players who are able to perform at the required standard, as well as percussionists as required.

Annual Engagements may include
SAAF Service
RAF Service
Remembrance Day Service
Church Occasions


The Grey Symphonic Winds

This band incorporates all brass, woodwind and percussion players,

Annual Engagements

Selley Concert
Proms on the Pollock
Prize Giving
Valedictory Service
Bands Festivals
"Road show"
Tours


The Grey Military Band

 
The Music Department fields a full Military Band, which serves as part of the Grey Cadet Detachment No. 33.

All students who play a military band instrument play in this band. Students who play an instrument that is unsuited to marching, are incorporated into the band's percussion section wherever possible. For the first half of the year, grade 8 candidates are trained separately from the rest of the band. One or more of the senior rank bearers who are appointed to this task by the music staff and the band Student Officer supplies such training to them. Grade 8's are first trained in the skills of marching and the protocols of cadets in general.

Annual Engagements

Trooping the Colour
The Retreat Ceremony
Heritage March
Route March

For the first few weeks of the year the band is engaged in mastering the music for these events in the confines of the band room. Each member will be required to organize music on to march-cards by a specified date. Once the music is known the band is handed over to the senior officers who are charged with the task of refining the band as a marching and performing unit.

 

The Grey String Orchestra

 
This orchestra incorporates all string players regardless of standard. Players of minimal accomplishment participate by playing abridged versions of parts. Percussion players and pianist are co-opted into this group as required.

The String Orchestra prepares its parts for the full orchestra as well as repertoire of its own.

Annual Engagements may include

Selley Concert
Proms on the Pollock
"Road show"
Tours
Annual Strings Concert


The Grey Orchestra

 
This band incorporates the full membership of the String Orchestra as well as the most accomplished woodwind, brass and percussion players.

On the occasion of the Selley Concert, it is customary to invite Grey old boys to fill some positions in the orchestra. It is also customary at this occasion to enter the name of this group as THE SELLEY ORCHESTRA on the concert programme in honour of the founding music head.

Annual Engagements may include

Selley Concert
Proms on the Pollock
Bands Festivals
Hymn Festival
"Road show"
Tours


The Grey Voices

 
The Grey Voices is an approximately a 16 member elite choral group.

 

 

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