GRIPPS is ‘The Gap Regional Instrumental Primary Performers School’.

In 1992 Ashgrove/The Gap Rotary Club and a number of local Primary Schools commenced an exciting event for primary school pupils. Approximately 160 children from 13 schools representing both state and private primary schools in The Gap, Ashgrove and surrounding suburbs are selected after a comprehensive auditioning process.  Music and instrumental music teachers from many of the schools together with approximately 15 professional musicians work with the students to hone their skills during a 4-day music camp at the Gap State High School.

Each year GRIPPS creates an even greater awareness with the local state schools and the community where young folk get experience and training by a number of committed and devoted music teachers, supporting this event.

The concert is made up of:

  • A Choir
  • Band
  • Orchestra

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.

GRIPPS is to be held on a date to be determined in October  2021, at The Gap State High School auditorium. This year due to COVID regulations, parents, family members and the community who are normally in attendance, will not be attending the event. It will be presented in a virtual manner where it will be videoed and made available to parents and others who would like to see their children’s performances. It is a sad indictment of the pandemic but it will give the children an opportunity to hone their skills and continue with their musical endeavour.

Lets hope that in 2022 we can recommence GRIPPS in a full and complete package open to all to attend and enjoy seeing and hearing the musical talents of our youth.