Date: GRIPPS 2020 has been cancelled sadly due to COVID concerns.
GRIPPS is ‘The Gap Regional Instrumental Primary Performers School’.
GRIPPS began in 1992 and continues to be a very exciting and successful annual event.
As a joint initiative between Rotary Ashgrove The Gap and local schools, GRIPPS provides an opportunity for many talented young musicians to further develop their musical skills and friendships.
Grade 5 and 6 students from 13 state and private primary schools in The Gap, Ashgrove and surrounding suburbs participate in GRIPPS.
The camp is limited to about 175 students, who are selected through a comprehensive auditioning process.
Music and instrumental music teachers from many of the schools, together with about sixteen professional musicians, work with the students during a four day program which includes:
- Master classes
- Tutorials • Bands / Ensembles
- an 80 piece Orchestra (for the more advances students) and
- a Massed Choir (consisting of all participating students).
The GRIPPS camp is held from Monday to Thursday in the last week of term 3.
The four day program concludes with a Rotary BBQ on the Thursday evening followed by a splendid concert.
The students have performed every year to a packed house at The Gap State High School hall and everyone who has experienced one of the concerts will attest to the outstanding quality of performance that these students achieve in four days.
Over the last 27 years, the GRIPPS program has not only improved the musical skills of over 4000 local students, it has provided them with personal development and new friends.
The annual cost of staging GRIPPS is nearly $40,000. The cost to the students is kept down by income from the concert, raffle and generous sponsorship by local businesses.