Musical skills impress judges
Pilbara Music Festival Awards
More than 20 students from the Karratha Combined Schools Band travelled to the Matt Dan Centre in South Hedland to showcase their talent at the Pilbara Music Festival this month.
The festival is the only eisteddfod of its kind in the region, which aims at promoting participation and enjoyment of the arts, community and business support for music and to encourage and reward excellence.
Across the week-long festival, students had the opportunity to participate in the schools’ choir competition, as well as individual and group music recitals.
The Karratha Combined Schools Band placed first in the ensemble division and several students were individually recognised with awards.
Karratha Senior High School’s Chloe and Max Balding took out the award for the Most Outstanding Brass or Saxophone performance and Alisha Deshmukh impressed the judges, placing first in the woodwind category.
Millar’s Well student Nadia Steeghs was recognised as the Most Promising Under 15 Woodwind Performance.
KSHS music teacher James Crocker said the day was an overwhelming success.
“We had brilliant solo performances, beautiful duets and a wonderful ensemble performance to cap off the day,” he said.
“There were many highlights and I was proud of every student that took part.
“We very much look forward to returning for the 40th Pilbara Music Festival celebrations next year.”
Mr Crocker said the Pilbara Music Festival was a rewarding experience for his students who practise countless hours every week.
“It gives the kids the chance to collaborate with other musicians in Hedland and see how they measure up,” he said.
“It’s one of those things that makes all the practice seem worthwhile because the kids can see they are progressing towards a goal and be recognised for it.
“It’s important the kids have things like this to work towards; we’ve even got kids who are contemplating studying music at university which is just fantastic.”
Mr Crocker thanked the North West Shelf Karratha Education Initiative for funding the Karratha Combined Schools Band travel costs to the Pilbara Music Festival.
Karratha Combined Schools Band was first in the ensemble division.