Camp fundraising is taken to the streets
MONTO residents might have noticed a couple of members from the Monto Instrumental Community Ensembles busking in town on Saturday morning.
The group is raising money to send its music students to camp at Bucca in October.
MICE is made up of students from Monto State School, Monto State High and Mulgildie State School students.
On Thursday May 18, they travelled to Biloela to compete in the 52nd Biloela Eisteddfod, where they won prizes for both of the sections they competed in.
They came third in juvenile concert band and second for instrumental ensemble.
It was a strong showing from such a small band, considering they were up against some tough competition with schools like Gladstone State High School, Biloela State High School and Moura State School.
Music teacher Tamara Purkis said it was impressive to see them go up against concert bands of up to 80 players.
“I think our kids did really well to beat such big schools,” Ms Purkis said.
MICE also has a big engagement planned for later in the year, performing alongside country music star Sara Storer in the Legend and the Locals show in Monto.
It’s a chance to give the young performers some recognition by accompanying a known artist.
After the street stop on Saturday, the group hopes to do more in the next few months before music camp.
“We’re thinking first Saturday of every month, to bring some music back to Monto,” Ms Purkis said.
Those looking to get involved are encouraged to phone Ms Purkis on
STREET MUSIC: Tamara Purkis and Saxon Allen busking in Monto to raise money for MICE band’s music camp.