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Snr & Jnr Bands


  • Next Band Committee Meeting 7th May, 6pm - MVPS Staff Room


Manly Vale Public School has an excellent band program.  From Year
3 onwards, students can become part of this outstanding extra-curricular activity run by professional musical teachers and conductors and perform in many different venues.

Band Levels
Students start learning an instrument in Term 4 of Year 2 so that they are ready to begin band at the begin
ning of Year 3. Information will be distributed to interested families in Term 3 of Year 2 and parents are invited to an information night. Students are then asked to indicate their preferences and given a ‘instrument allocation test' (IAT) before being matched with a suitable instrument. 

Junior Band – Rehearsals
When: Lunchtime Mondays AND 3:15 to 4:30pm Tuesday afternoons
Where: Hall
Conductor: Surrey Hodges

Intermediate Band - Rehearsals 

When: 7.30 - 8.40am Tuesday AND Thursday mornings
Where: Hall
Conductor: Ben Dickson

Senior Band - Rehearsals 
When: 7.45 - 8.45am Monday AND Wednesday mornings
Where: Hall
Conductor: Ben Dickson

Each year band students go on Band Camp in Term 3 or the members of Senior Band go on a band tour (every 3 years - the next one will be in 2025).

Some of our students have gone on to perform in regional bands and even the Conservatorium High School including:

2024 Fees:    
Fees are $
200 per child for each of Terms 1, 2 & 3. Total $600.00. Due Week 3 of each of those terms (nothing in Term 4). The fees include our yearly Band Camp cost (there may be a small additional cost for band camp depending on the activities on offer). 
** Please note: Fees must be up-to-date to qualify for going on Band Camp.


If parents do not wish to purchase an instrument yet, the school has a collection of instruments available for hire. Alternatively, there are music shops who also offer instrument hire. 
Second hand instruments are easy to come by through older siblings, family or Gumtree, eBay etc.

All students must commit to additional private tutor lessons (generally a half hour weekly lesson). 
A list of recommended tutors is available upon request.


Band Inquiry
If your child would like to join the band (outside of the standard end of year intake), please complete the form below:



Ben Dickson

Surrey Hodges


I would like to inquire further about MVPS band for my child.

Thanks for submitting!

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