Mount Hawthorn Area Band Tour 2019

Thursday 7 November 2019

On Thursday 7 November, an excited bunch of 105 students, from Mount Hawthorn, Jolimont, Maylands Peninsula and Kyilla Primary Schools, boarded two buses for the annual Mount Hawthorn Area Band tour. Members of the Mount Hawthorn Area Band rehearse every Thursday morning at 7.15am under the baton of the inspirational and dedicated Dale Pointon.  Nine parents, as well as Mrs Hardman, chaperoned the students; five parents were the roadies, filling their cars with amps, xylophone, glockenspiel, timpani drums and double basses. The children were well behaved and rose to the occasion as both musicians and entertainers for the other schools. Children from each school demonstrated their instruments to their class mates and were treated as rock stars in return.

For any school band to attempt a tour like this is challenging, but for a primary school band to successfully perform at three locations in a single day is exceptional. Parental support makes it all possible, but we are very lucky to have a conductor who: accepts every child who wants to be in the band; works with 105 kids simultaneously, for just one hour a week and somehow achieves these incredible results.

The formation of the Mount Hawthorn Music Parents Committee in 2020, will ensure that music continues to thrive at the school and that the Band Tour continues to attract support for many years to come.