The Summer School Junior Band is where Victoria’s young wind, brass and percussion students meet to share some of their first ensemble experiences together. The band will be led by experienced educator and conductor, Joe O’Callaghan.
To ensure each player receives the full benefit of the week’s activities, the band will be supported by a dedicated team of tutors who will lead daily tutorial sessions and provide each student with individual attention and support. In addition to rehearsal sessions, students will take part in a range of voice, rhythm and games workshops to encourage overall musicianship and love of music.
|STANDARD||AMEB Grade 1-2|
|AGE||7 years +|
|INSTRUMENTS||Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, french horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion.|
NOTE: AMEB levels indicated are not a formal requirement, but are listed as a guide to the skills required. Participants in this program should know note names, fingerings and values alongside good note production (articulation and sound) and a general knowledge of key and time signatures appropriate to the AMEB level.
Junior Band Conductor
Joe has happily lived in Melbourne all of his life. He completed a Master of Music (Performance) Degree at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2002.
Joe has performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and is a current member of the Daryl Mackenzie Jazz Orchestra. He has also played in various various theatre and television orchestras. Joe has backed many Australian and international artists including Jerry Lewis, Ray Charles, Shirley Bassey, Alice Cooper, Tina Arena, Anthony Warlow, John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes and Hugh Jackman.
Joe holds a Diploma in Education and currently teaches Low Brass at Caulfield Grammar School, where he enjoys running the beginning concert band and the senior stage band. He is the conductor of Melbourne Youth Orchestras’ John Antill Youth Band. Joe is a former conductor of the Box Hill City Band and has been a trombone tutor and conductor at Border Music Camp and many other camps and festivals across Victoria.
Joe loves playing his bass trombone, the Hawthorn Football Club and op shopping.