Small schools to hit high notes at mu­sic fes­ti­val

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

A new mu­sic fes­ti­val de­buts next week which or­gan­is­ers hope will be­come a reg­u­lar fix­ture on the lo­cal cal­en­dar.

The Small Schools Big Day Out event pre­mieres at the Mar­garet River Montes­sori school next Fri­day, October 27, com­bin­ing with the Mar­garet River Independent School and St Thomas More Catholic School to pro­duce a night of ju­nior rock bands show­cas­ing the re­gion’s best young mu­si­cians.

A spe­cial VIP ap­pear­ance from spoon-play­ing maestro Deb Perry will also en­ter­tain fam­i­lies at­tend­ing the gig, which fea­tures live mu­sic from 4-7pm with food and drink stalls, face paint­ing, raf­fles and crafts.

Montes­sori prin­ci­pal Lisa Fen­ton said the fes­ti­val had its ge­n­e­sis in the school’s suc­cess­ful rock band pro­gram run by teacher Tony Lane. “A few of those in­volved in our school rock band (were) talk­ing to Tony about cre­at­ing some more per­for­mance op­por­tu­ni­ties,” she told the Times.

“We have a really strong school rock band, some key mem­bers are in Year 6 and head­ing off to high school next year, so we wanted to give them as many op­por­tu­ni­ties as we.”

The fes­ti­val idea also al­lowed the dis­trict’s smaller schools to col­lab­o­rate and for older stu­dents to min­gle be­fore high school, Ms Fen­ton said. Mar­garet River Pri­mary School al­ready hosts twice-yearly rock band nights at Set­tlers Tav­ern and Mr Lane works closely with other schools’ mu­sic teach­ers in­volved in that pro­gram which served as an early in­spi­ra­tion.

“Our school has some awe­some mu­sic stu­dents play­ing in two bands (rock and acous­tic) and a choir,” Mr Lane said.

“They have per­formed reg­u­larly at as­sem­blies and school sun­down­ers but they really wanted and de­served an op­por­tu­nity to play to a wider au­di­ence.”

Mr Lane said it was also a chance for the young mu­si­cians to so­cial- ise and test them­selves in front of a big­ger au­di­ence.

“It should be a great com­mu­ni­ty­build­ing event with many par­ents and kids com­ing to­gether in a fun so­cial set­ting,” he said.

Ms Fen­ton said other schools would host the fes­ti­val in fu­ture years as a fundraiser.

“It is sure to be an ab­so­lute win­ner event for the whole family,” she said.

Small Schools Big Day Out start at 3.30pm, October 27, at the Montes­sori school on Clarke Road, Mar­garet River.

Pic­ture: War­ren Hately

Montes­sori mu­sic teacher Tony Lane and stu­dents are part of the first Small Schools Big Day Out next Fri­day.

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