The Crestwood Public School Concert Band took Dubbo’s jazz scene by storm when they participated in the Dubbo Jazz Festival last weekend.
The band of 23 pupils in Years 5 and 6 was chosen as the opening act for the Royal Australian Navy Band at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.
Garry Clark, who has been the music director for Crestwood Public School’s bands for nearly 20 years, said the event was fantastic.
‘‘They [the pupils] got to sit in with other musicians and get their photo taken with the professionals,” Mr Clark said.
It was the first time many of the band members had travelled to Dubbo.
Their weekend trip culminated in a gold win at the NSW School Band Festival.
The Crestwood Concert Band has played as a group since the beginning of the year.
Each member has worked their way through Crestwood’s Junior and Senior Bands before successfully auditioning for the Concert Band.
“They started in the junior band without knowing a single note and [Mr Clark] helped them get to the level they are in now,” said concert band administrator Gillian Handley.
‘‘They rehearse twice a week as a band and practice every day. They work very hard throughout the whole year.’’
The Crestwood Public School Concert Band will perform at the Orange Blossom Festival Gala Concert on September 8.