¡Los Banditos son campeónes!

Throughout this time of remote learning, our musicians have continued to learn and thrive. It has been so gratifying to hear so many of our students at Iso School attending virtual instrumental lessons with their teacher and to hear them growing and developing as instrumentalists. Our Year 2 String program remains a vibrant place of learning a stringed instrument, be that in small virtual groups as beginners, or in the extension groups for our more experienced string players. There have certainly been challenges along the way, such as tuning instruments through video conference calls, however our students are progressing well as instrumentalists and have been inspired by their talented and dedicated string teaching team.

The students in Beginner Band are also thriving as they learn their brass or woodwind instrument in this remote learning space. Many have elected to celebrate their journey with a short vignette of their playing, soon to be shared in a virtual assembly. Congratulations to all of the wind and brass teachers who have been so instrumental (pun intended) in leading our students so positively along their journey to date. I am sure that they cannot wait for the day when they can play as part of a band once more.

Prior to this most recent lockdown, Los Bandidos concert band submitted a video recording as their entry for the Boroondara Eisteddfod (pictured). I am very pleased to announce that despite the myriad interruptions, lockdowns and more, Los Bandidos won their Primary School Large Ensemble section; congratulations to Los Bandidos for this achievement, especially during such dynamic times.

Many of our more experienced Junior School musicians have presented performances at virtual soirees and assemblies. I would like to thank each and every one of them for their significant contributions to our music program and congratulate them on their efforts.

As we begin the return to school and onsite learning, some of our ensembles will recommence. I look forward to seeing what our percussionists and string students in particular can achieve for the remainder of the year as they reform Fully Strung, No Strings Attached and a percussion ensemble.

Timothy Barker
Head of Junior School Music