Mu­sic group keen to broaden its hori­zons

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

BIGGEN­DEN Ma­sonic Mu­sic group has en­ter­tained its au­di­ence an­nu­ally for the past nine years, and wants to con­tinue ex­pand­ing.

The mu­sic group re­ceived a RADF fund­ing grant to the tune of $4130 just in time for its re­cent an­nual con­cert.

Founder Chris Roberts said the group had con­trib­uted $400 to­wards the equip­ment.

“The equip­ment in­cluded four pow­ered speak­ers, a mixer as well as two spe­cial mi­cro­phones,” he said.

Mr Roberts said in the past the group had used his gear.

“We have blown up an am­pli­fier but that’s all part of the game,” he said.

The equip­ment in the fu­ture will be avail­able for hire to other com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Mr Roberts said some can be used sep­a­rately de­pend­ing on what the re­quire­ments of the op­er­a­tor are.

“Mem­bers have un­der­gone train­ing to op­er­ate the equip­ment,” he said.

“It’s not as easy as it looks.”

It is the Biggen­den Ma­sonic Mu­sic Group’s hope in the fu­ture to ex­pand into theatre restau­rants.

“This will broaden the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of those thes­pi­ans out there,” Mr Roberts said.

Dur­ing the past nine years ben­e­fi­cia­ries from the char­ity con­certs have in­cluded flood and fire, Bund­aberg Ro­tary Lodge and Biggen­den Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary.

“At our meet­ing on Sun­day the group de­cided Ro­tary Lodge and the Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary would again be recog­nised with $200 each,” he said.

Mr Roberts said the way the young peo­ple are get­ting in­volved in the con­certs is pleas­ing.

“I cant praise the Spry girls and Jo­hanna Kelly enough,” he said. “They are so en­thu­si­as­tic. “At the same age as sis­ter Court­ney four-year-old Lo­gan Spry made his first ap­pear­ance on stage and was a hit with the au­di­ence.”

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

MU­SIC EQUIP­MENT: Biggen­den Ma­sonic Mu­sic Group re­ceived RADF fund­ing for mu­sic equip­ment.

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