Last week our music students showcased their growth at A Night with the Mueller Musicians. Our Primary Cultural Ambassadors hosted the night and informatively walked us through each piece as it was presented. They set the scene with this…

‘Imagine, if you will, family photo day. The idea of trying to get 2 or 3 children to look at the camera at the same time – smiling without looking like a Cheshire cat or Mr Bean and staying still for those 2 or 3 seconds – it’s something most families can relate to.

Now imagine giving 20 students a loud, noise-producing instrument, showing them how to blow it, and then getting them to blow at the same time; with the right notes and in the right spot without talking and fighting with the person next to them. Now you can begin to have some idea of what it is like at band rehearsals!’

Here is where we take a moment to give a quiet applause to all the music teachers! There were no signs of the chaotic behind-the-scenes moments when the students performed with grace and poise last week. With performers from Year 1 through to Year 12, there was an array of talent and enthusiasm as some took to the stage for the very first time and others showed they were at home on the platform.

The timpani bellowed and the cymbals clashed to drive the audacious piece by the Mueller Orchestra, performing together for the first time. The simplicity of ‘Never Smile at a Crocodile’ from the Year 1-3 choir captivated the audience (and a sea of phones) and the complexity of the Jackson Five’s ‘I Want You Back’ from the Funk Band wowed to finish the night. With skillful strings, beautiful accompanying keys, strong percussion and passionate teachers leading the way, the evening was a joyful way to hear all the students have been learning this semester.