The Manukau Youth Orchestra started the band programme at Waimahia Intermediate School in term 3 of 2014. Each year we teach 40 students how to play band instruments at the school.
We have 8 flutes, 8 clarinets, 8 alto saxophones, 8 trumpets and 8 trombones. Small group lessons are held between 9am to 3pm and students combine for after school band practise from 2:45pm to 3:30pm on Thursday.
We are very fortunate to have Kriss Rapana, Music Specialist at Waimahia Intermediate, on board to help with the programme. He has a background in piano, flute and trombone. He takes additional band practises when required and arranges practise times for the students. Each student will be assigned their own instrument to practise at school.