Music

HBHS aims to give students access to a wide range of cultural activities and sports alongside a quality academic education. The Music Department is a critical part of the school's culture, providing musical development to the students through weekly lessons, music classes, group rehearsal and assembly singing. Each year a School Prefect assumes responsibility for the promotion of music and performing arts in the school, and also helps staff with the organisation of events within the Music Department.

HBHS has a large music department which employs three classroom teachers and eight itinerant music teachers. Free lessons are available to students, and presently many are taking up the opportunity to learn Wind, Brass, Guitar, Bass, Bagpipes, Strings, Voice and Percussion. The Music Department is also equipped with a fully functional recording studio, which is available for hire, and which our own students take advantage of in order to record their own music. Groups in the Music Department that offer performance opportunities include a Jazz Band, School Orchestra, Pipe Band, several small chamber groups, the Gypsy Pickers (Latin and Flamingo Guitar), Barbershop Quartet, Choir and a large number of rock bands which compete in the Rock Quest competition each year.

The Music Department has, for the past two decades, organised an international music tour once every two years, visiting countries including Vanuatu, Noumea, Fiji, Samoa, Australia, Rarotonga, New Caledonia and Hawaii. Each year the school performs a week-long production with Hamilton Girls' High School, the responsibility for the production and the hosting of the production alternates yearly between the schools. The most recent productions run by HBHS have been Jesus Christ Superstar, Dracula and War of the Worlds.

HBHS is fortunate to have performance workshops with specialist visiting lecturers and clinicians, allowing students to further develop their skills under the tutelage of experienced and renowned local and international musicians.

Whole School Assembly Singing
Our whole school focuses on singing in weekly assemblies and prepares for House Competitions in both traditional and modern song. Songs are drawn from a wide range of sources including traditional, cultural and popular.

Jazz Band
The Jazz Band practises weekly, with a wide range of students and instruments involved. The Jazz Band plays for the school at assemblies, open day, and school prize giving. The group also goes on tour every second year in order to represent HBHS and to give students an opportunity to see new sights (and cultures) and to expand their musical talents.

For more information, contact Ms Amber Evemy at aevemey@hbhs.school.nz

Orchestra
Mr Adrian Botting conducts the combined HGHS/HBHS School Orchestra which involves around 35 students. The Orchestra practises regularly with a wide range of students, talents and instruments involved. Some of the instruments include trumpets, trombones, clarinets, violin, viola, cello, drums, percussion, bass and piano. The Orchestra plays for the school at special assemblies, open day, and school prize-giving among other occasions.

For more information, contact Mr Adrian Botting at abotting@school.nz

The Gypsy Pickers
The Gypsy Pickers is the school Guitar Ensemble, with a Latin flamenco flavour. They have toured extensively throughout the Pacific and are tutored by Mr Wilson. The Gypsy Pickers are consistently the top guitar ensemble in the Waikato, having earned a gold placing at the Waikato Itinerant Music Festival almost every year since its inception. The band has also recorded two albums.

For more information, contact Mr Adrian Botting at abotting@school.nz

The HBHS Pipe Band
The HBHS Pipe Band recently formed in 2017 and is tutored by Mr Dent and Mrs Eade.
The band performs annually at school events, such as open day, prize-giving, assemblies and the HBHS Foundation Luncheon. The Pipe Band debuted at its first competition, the 2018 Waikato Itinerant Music Festival, earning a silver medal placing. The Pipe Band recently represented the school at the 2019 Super 8 Cultural Festival.

For more information, contact Mr Timothy Dent at tdent@hbhs.school.nz

The HBHS Drumline
The HBHS Drumline also recently formed in 2017 and is tutored by Mr Dent.
The drumline performs annually at school events, such as open day and assemblies. The Drumline debuted at its first competition, the 2018 Waikato Itinerant Music Festival, earning a silver medal placing. 

For more information, contact Mr Timothy Dent at tdent@hbhs.school.nz

Enquires

For enquiries about musical groups at the school please contact

Mr Adrian Botting Director of Music Tel: (07) 853 0440 ext 2097 Email: abotting@hbhs.school.nz