Camp fundrais­ing is taken to the streets

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

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

4166 9125.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

STREET MU­SIC: Ta­mara Purkis and Saxon Allen busk­ing in Monto to raise money for MICE band’s mu­sic camp.

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