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Music

Music is an integral part of life at James Ruse through both the classroom curriculum as well as extra-curricular lessons, activities and performances.  The aim is to encourage musicians of all standards to participate, working towards the elite level.  The range of activities is outlined below.

School Musical
A highlight of each year is the annual musical production.  A tradition dating back to 1963, it is always a challenging, enjoyable and high calibre performance.  

There are also Composers and Performers evenings held each year and a multicultural musical evening.


Music Ensembles & Concert Band Program
We have four graded concert bands in our program and have an extremely experienced staff of individual teachers at the school to teach the students. The program also has a Percussion Ensemble and a student organised Jazz Ensemble. James Ruse offers extensive opportunities for students to perform in a number of different music ensembles, as outlined below:


  Students Rehearsal Performances
Stage Band



In great demand, the Stage Band has performed at a range of functions including community events such as Rydalmere Public School's Presentation Day.
Senior Choir



The annual Celebration Concert at the Sydney Town Hall and the Schools Spectacular
Senior Wind Ensemble At major school events: assemblies, cabaret night and end of year concert. Waverley Band Festival and an annual tour.
Years 9-10 Vocal Ensemble



Formed from the Elective Music classes to give music students extra performance experience. It has performed at various school functions and community events.
Senior Concert Band Anzac Day March. At major school events: assemblies, cabaret night and end of year concert. Waverley Band Festival and an annual tour.
Intermediate Concert Band At major school events: assemblies, cabaret night and end of year concert. Waverley Band Festival and an annual tour.
Junior Concert Band At major school events: assemblies, cabaret night and end of year concert. Waverley Band Festival.
String Ensemble


 Awards Day ceremony and major school concerts. In 2007 members of the ensemble toured Japan and performed at the Ambassador's residence at the Tokyo Embassy.
Percussion Ensemble At major school events: assemblies, cabaret night and end of year concert.
Woodwind Ensemble


Open Days and school events
Jazz Ensemble



The Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned chamber choir that provides an opportunity for senior students to perform as part of a smaller vocal group. It has performed at the Celebration Concert and Government House.
Junior Jazz Ensemble At major school events: assemblies, cabaret night and end of year concert.
Recorder Ensemble


Open Days and school events