Culture

Marimba

The benefits of marimba playing for primary-school children cannot be stressed enough, and children are given the opportunity, as part of the school curriculum, to play marimba instruments in class – just about as soon as they can reach the keys!

However, the highest form of team work is achieved within our four marimba bands – Cadet and IP Marimba Bands in the primary school and the High School Band and Prestige High School Band.

Our award-winning IP Marimba Band comprises 20 dedicated and enthusiastic young players ranging from Grades 5 to 7. The band meets twice weekly (three times weekly before competition time!) to rehearse a widely ranging music repertoire that is all learned by rote.  The band has many opportunities to perform, both at school functions and at external events, having participated in the National Marimba Festival, as well as the International Steel Pan and Marimba Festival held in Bedfordview annually.  Their most recent achievements include attaining A+++ and the trophy for the best percussion band at the Queensburgh Festival of the Arts, as well as a second and a first place in their categories at the International Festival.

The Cadet Marimba Band meets once a week to be trained in preparation for consideration for the main band.  The players of this band learn part of the repertoire of the main band and perform at internal school events.  Auditions for both bands are held annually.

Our high-school band comprises 20 committed and vibrant young players, and they are also afforded the opportunity of national and international competition. Their most recent achievements include attaining A++ for their entry in the percussion band section at the Queensburgh Festival of the Arts, as well as being placed first in two categories in the International Steel Pan and Marimba Festival 2013.

Head marimba coach is Mr Holloway, who was awarded the adult composition prize for his entry of 'Marikana' at the International Festival.

 There is also a school colours awards programme in place for marimba.

Take a look at our Marimba Bands and High School Choir in action on this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-YyF8CNLk8&feature=share