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 The Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap and local schools, GRIPPS provides an opportunity for many talented young musicians to further develop their musical skills and friendships.
Grade 6 and 7 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 for many of the schools together with about sixteen professional musicians work with the students during a four day program, in activities such as:
- 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 barbeque on the Thursday evening followed by a 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.
The cost of staging GRIPPS is in excess of $30,000 over and above the significant contributions made by the schools involved. Student attendance fees, the pre-concert barbeque, and concert entry fees are our only means of gaining financial support for this significant community event; the balance of the cost to undertake this event is provided by the Rotary Club of Ashgrove/The Gap.