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Meridan State College has a thriving arts program.  The Instrumental Music Program runs across both campuses with five days of tuition. Both campuses offer a String program and a Brass, Woodwind and Percussion (Multi) program. Students in Years 3-12 (Strings) or Years 4-12 (Multi) are eligible to be considered for enrolment into the instrumental program.  Students are selected in accordance with the schools policy taking into account the suitability of the student. The balance of the ensemble program, and the available time allocated to the school. Both programs offer free tuition with a 30 minute group lesson each week.  There are also some instruments available for loan (for beginner students and the larger more expensive instruments needed for a balanced ensemble). 

The Primary Campus has Junior Strings and Concert Band and the Secondary Campus Chamber Strings, Wind Ensemble, College Octet and Stage Band. 
 
Throughout the year the students perform at many formal College functions (ANZAC Day, Excellence awards), Music Nights and family performances such as the Twilight Festival. Out students also compete at the Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod and Fanfare. 
 
Many of the students involved in the instrumental Music Program often participate in excellence programs outside of the College such as Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra, the North Coast Region Instrumental Music Excellence Program, MOST and Creative Generations. The music department at Meridan State College is fortunate to have many talented and dedicated students. 
 

Instrumental Music Teachers  

 
 
Brendan Hucknall is the instrumental music teacher for brass woodwind and percussion for primary and secondary campus. Conducting the wind ensemble, concert band and stage band on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Friday.  
 
Kate Taylor is the instrumental music teacher for strings for both primary and secondary students Conducting the junior strings, chamber strings and College Octet on a Thursday and Friday.  
 
Stuart Scullet Dean is the instrumental music teacher for strings in the primary campus and conducts the junior strings on a Friday.   

Ensembles  

 
The school ensembles are the heart of our program. These are permanant ensembles, as well as other smaller groups which come together for special events.   Attendance at rehearsals and performances is compulsory. If a student cannot attend one week for a “valid” reason please email the Conductor of the ensemble as soon as possible.  
 

Wind Ensemble and Concert Band  

 
The “Concert Bands” are the “CORE” ensembles of the Multi program.  It is a large ensemble containing the full range of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.   It is a requirement of Education Queensland that all students learning a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument at school must be a part of a concert band once they are of an appropriate stranded.  The Wind Ensemble rehearses once a week on a Tuesday morning from 7:30am to 8:45am. The Concert Band (Primary Campus) rehearses once a week, on a Friday morning, from 8:00am to 8:35am.   

Strings Orchestras  

 
 
The Chamber Strings rehearse each week on Thursday mornings from 7:30am to 8:30am.   The Junior Strings is for primary students who have successfully completed their first year of string lessons and rehearses weekly on Friday mornings from 8:00am to 8:35am.  The String groups are compulsory for all students learning a string instrument (violin, viola, cello and double bass).   

Stage Band  

 
This is essentially a jazz band, playing a variety of styles including jazz, rock and funk.  Stage band rehearses Wednesday mornings 8:00am to 8:45am.   Entry to these groups is by invitation only.   

College Octet  

 
This is a group of string players selected from the Chamber Strings Orchestra that performs regularly at school and private functions.   They currently rehearse from 3:00pm to 4:00pm on Thursday afternoons.  They play a variety of musical styles ranging from the classics to modern popular music.  

Performances  

 
Each Ensemble performs a number of times each year.   It is a requirement that all members are present for every performance. There are some major competitions and performances each year. They include the biennial Fanfare competition, the Eisteddfod in early August and in-house school ceremonies and music celebrations nights.   

Fees  

 
There are some small fees involved with the instrumental Strings Program.  
 
General Instrumental Music Levy – there is a fee per year for each program a student is involved in.  This goes towards the cost of purchasing music, purchasing new instruments and maintaining ensemble equipment (stands and banners). 
 
Instrumental Loan – There is a fee per year for students who have use of a school instrument.   This goes towards repair and eventual replacement.  Fees will be invoiced by the school.