The co-curricular Music program at Cronulla High School caters for musicians of all ages, abilities and interests, and provides opportunities for students to share music in a friendly and supportive environment. The CAPA staff remain committed to offering a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles that will provide students with the opportunity to develop their musical skills and confidence.
Students from our programs are regularly selected to participate in prestigious ensembles and music camps including the State Schools Symphonic Wind Orchestra, State Music Camps, Sydney Southeast Symphonic Winds, and the Schools Spectacular, representing Cronulla High School at metropolitan, regional and state levels.
Students are also given the opportunity to audition for our Performing Arts Tours. In the past we have toured Queensland (2014), Los Angeles (2016), where performance venues included Disneyland, Hollywood Boulevard, and Universal Studios, and New York (2018).
Cronulla High School Concert Band
Cronulla High School offers a Concert Band for all students from Year 7 to Year 12 who wish to continue learning and performing on their major instrument, and who have at least 12 months’ experience.
The Concert Band rehearses on a weekly basis and performs music at an appropriate skill level – one that is both challenging and achievable. Students in the Concert Band are also provided with sectional tutorials with qualified tutors. The Concert Band performs at various school functions and participate in a range of instrumental festivals and concerts in the wider community.
The Concert Band is directed by Mr Thomas McCorquodale. Rehearsals take place in Room C1.
- Tuesday 2:20-3:30 pm – tutti rehearsal.
- Friday 8-8:45 am (Week A only) – sectional rehearsals (woodwind and brass).
Cronulla High School Stage Band
A Stage Band has been established for saxophone, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section students from Year 8 to Year 12 who wish to develop their ensemble playing, improvisation skills, and rudiments associated with Jazz standards.
Cronulla High School Drumline
The Cronulla High School Drumline is an ensemble that caters to all levels of musical ability. The school has a full set of marching snares and offers a Drumline for all students from Year 7 to Year 12. The musical material is arranged specifically for the ensemble, to develop the students’ snare rudiments, foster their individual growth, and allow them to play a valuable musical role. The Drumline is a regular feature at formal assemblies and school events.
The Drumline is directed by Simon Ghali of Hot Potato Band.
- Tuesday 2:20-3:30 pm, Room P18.
Instrumental Tuition Programme
Cronulla High School offers a tuition program for all students from Year 7 to Year 12 who wish to further develop skills in Guitar, Vocals, Piano, Strings, Woodwind and Brass as required. Lessons are run by qualified and experienced tutors, and take place weekly during the school day on a rotating basis. Students undertaking instrumental tuition through the school are expected to involve themselves in the co-curricular Music program.
The Instrumental Tuition Program is coordinated by Mr Matt Tennikoff. Interested students are to see Mr Tennikoff in the CAPA staffroom.