The Wind Band is the very first stage of playing together on woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Children usually join in P5 or P6, and play in Wind Band until they graduate to Concert Band.
In the first term, until Christmas, all the sections of the band learn separately from each other - giving them opportunity to participate in smaller groups and to learn in detail about their specific instrument group. Then they start to participate in full Wind Band rehearsals, learning pieces like Pop Rock, Oh When The Saints Go Marching In, and Skye Boat Song.
Big Noise Raploch Symphonic Band
The Big Noise Raploch Symphonic Band is the ensemble for our most advanced Woodwind, Brass and Percussion players. The students usually join the Symphonic Band after they have been playing for at least 3 years, and remain with the band until they leave the programme.
As well as taking part in all the Big Noise Raploch concerts and events, each year the Symphonic Band takes part in the Scottish Concert Band Federation’s annual competition and were awarded a Silver Plus Award at last year’s finals. This year we have entered the Community Band section, which reflects the diverse range of students in the band, some of whom have now left school and have entered the world of work.
This year we will be performing works by composers such as Gustav Holst and Piotr Tchaikovsky, as well as music by Maria Carey and from films such as Star Trek and The Jungle Book.
The Big Noise Raploch Symphonic Band also forms the Woodwind, Brass and Percussion sections of the Big Noise Raploch Symphony Orchestra.