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BDA(S) Festival Winds Honour Band
The Band Directors’ Association (Singapore), also known as BDA(S), will be organizing the inaugural “BDAS Festival Winds Honour Band” this coming December holidays and we would like to cordially invite your School’s Band students to be part of this exciting event! This year we are pleased to present the inaugural BDAS Festival Winds Honour Band, happening from the 12th-15th Dec 2018. Supported by the Singapore Polytechnic and ABRSM, this event aims to provide a premier musical experience for students throughout Singapore from Secondary School and above. The goal is to enhance the opportunity students receive from their school band program by allowing them to meet and perform with other students. At the event, students will participate in masterclasses with an esteemed professional faculty and rehearse as an ensemble for 4 days.

At the end of the festival, they will present a full length concert that demonstrates their growth and development. Band Directors across the island will also be coming together to perform together as a band for the concert finale. This will be an opportunity to catch YOUR Band directors in action!

The Festival Winds Honour Band Concert will be conducted by 2 of BDA(S)’s esteemed advisors, Dr Leonard Tan from the National Institute of Education, and Mr Joost Flach from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

This upcoming 4-day event, targeted at students aged 13 years old and above, is helmed by some of the top local professional directors with the following objectives:
- To provide a platform for band members from different schools to interact in a learning and performance environment
- To introduce ensemble playing and full band training to participants
- To create opportunities to foster camaraderie and teamwork
- To equip student leaders to be role models in discipline and skills to lead and assist other band members in music matters.

Following are the details of the event:
Date: 12th to 15th Sep 2018
Time: 8.30 to 6pm (12th to 14th Dec) / 1 to 10pm (15th Dec)
Venue: Singapore Polytechnic (12th to 14th Dec) / Esplanade Concert Hall (15th Dec)
Fee: SUPER Early Bird - $68 (before 31 Oct) Early Bird - $78 (before 30th Nov) Normal - $88 (after 30th Nov)

Upon application, students will be separated into 2 groups, based on their number of years of experience, and put through a series of intense ensemble and combined band training. The application fee includes provision of lunch and soft copy scores, which will be provided to applicants 1 month before the start of the camp. Applicants will be required to make your own way to and fro from Singapore Polytechnic/Esplanade concert Hall for the 4 day period; and to prepare the music beforehand to the best of their ability. (Singapore Polytechic: 500 Dover Rd, Singapore 139651 / Esplanade Concert Hall: 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981)

Clinicians for this camp include renowned local conductors such as Mr Joost Flach, Dr Leonard Tan, and other professional musicians, who will be bringing your students through the 4 days of music learning and fun. The camp will culminate in a concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 15th December (Saturday) at 7.30pm. Concert tickets may be purchased separately at $20 each. Guest bands for this concert will be the Band Directors' Association Wind Band.

Positions are limited. Do take this chance to have a memorable band experience!

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