An early reference to the study of music at Ipswich Grammar School can be found in The Clarendon Report written by Governor Bowen in 1865. He described the value of music education in teaching self-discipline, high-achievement and confidence. From 1877 Instrumental music was offered at IGS and a tradition of singing led to variety performances being shown at the Ipswich Mechanics’ School of Arts from 1890 (presently the site of the Ipswich Art Gallery). The power of song to unite and foster identity led Headmaster Bertram Lawrance (1908-1914) to pen words now used in the IGS School Song.
From the period following the Second World war to date, music at IGS has developed into a comprehensive P-12 extra-curricular program consisting of 14 performance ensembles with ten instrumental music specialists supporting a dynamic strategy tailored specifically for boys. The IGS Performance Calendar provides authentic and engaging opportunities for students to develop an individual understanding of communication through the creative arts: instilling confidence and self-esteem through contributing to the cultural traditions of Ipswich Grammar School.
GPS Music is an important activity which combines the nine GPS schools in an annual Showcase of Excellence,producing teamwork, loyalty and leadership qualities. Held at the Queensland Conservatorium, the concert program features a 120 voice boys choir, symphony orchestra, concert band and big band. Guest conductors are selected from around Australia to promote the quality of GPS Music and share a world class standard of musicianship with students.
Ipswich Extra-curricular Program
Voices Of Grammar - Senior Choir
IGS Big Band
IGS Camerata - Senior Strings
IGS Stage Band
IGS Jazz Ensemble
IGS Preludio - Junior Strings
IGS Junior School Band
IGS Junior School Choir
IGS Saxophone Ensemble (The Hornets)
IGS Trombone Ensemble
IGS Percussion Ensemble
IGS Guitar Orchestra
Year 4 Instrumental Immersion Ensemble
Director of Performance