Music Notes

Music Notes

The Music department has been a hive of activity over the past few weeks. We have instigated a new practice routine which means that all students have to spend at least 15 minutes a week practising their instruments. Whilst this has only been going a short time, it is amazing to see the difference in confidence and ability of pupils.There have been many performance opportunities – the concert band performed for the opening of the GIN Conference playing a song of hope, for a conference that was looking at the catalyst for change. We received a warm welcome and I can only thank Mr Masterton and his team of Senior Students who created such an accepting and positive environment for us in which to play. The Rock Band and the Jazz Band performed at Vincom Mega Mall in Thao Dien to promote AIS ahead of Open Day. We drew a large crowd and the students played exceptionally well. They seemed to enjoy themselves thoroughly and I hope this is the start of more concerts in and around the local community. Finally many students performed at Open Day. We even had the debut performance from our newly formed Acapella group which Ms Candy has been leading. They were so well received they ended up performing three times!

The students performing never fail to impress me and I am very excited about the direction that the ensembles at AIS are going. The students are hard-working and diligently turn up to rehearsals week in and week out. I can only thank them for being so great and also thank you as parents for instilling in them the importance of continued work towards a common goal! If you would like to have any of our ensembles play at events you have or you think that there are places we should be playing then please let us know!

Looking ahead, the AIS Battle of the Bands is due to take place on 5 April. This will be a competition for any members of the student body who can put together a band and perform in front of the whole school. The winners of this competition will go on to compete against other international schools across HCMC at a live event at the Hard Rock Café on 15 May. If you are an aspiring rock star, singer or songwriter, then see Mr Burstow and sign up for the event of the year!!

Colin Burstow