Waitākere College

From The School Orchestra To The National Stage

Year 9 flutist Junnie Hwang and Year 11 clarinetist Aria Faavae have taken their musical skills to the next level and joined the award-winning Auckland Youth Symphonic Band (AYSB).

Auckland Youth Symphonic Band is a community concert band (imagine an orchestra but without the violins!) made up of intermediate, high school, and university students, and is based in Central Auckland. AYSB plays in all sorts of concerts throughout the year, including at places like the Glenbrook Vintage Railway, and an upcoming performance at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

In August AYSB participated in and won a gold award in the 2022 National Concert Band Festival in Kirikiriroa | Hamilton, held by the New Zealand Concert Bands Association - there were 17 concert bands performing from around Aotearoa New Zealand.  Junnie currently learns the flute here at Waitākere College and as a result of her music lessons has participated in a number of concerts outside of school, including in the AYSB, and alongside the Waitākere Voices Choir.  

Check out AYSB’s National Festival performance at the link below - Junnie is sitting in the second row on the right, closest to the audience: https://youtu.be/1Ho8tqWZr4g

Aria Faavae learns the clarinet at Waitākere College and has joined AYSB since the Band Festival.  Junnie and Aria are pictured here with AYSB’s associate conductor and flute teacher at Waitākere College Mr. Alex Alford.

If you would like to learn an instrument at school like the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, or violin, please contact Mr. Nightingale - either pop into M2 or send him an email at [email protected]