Mu­si­cal skills im­press judges

Pilbara News - - Education - Court­ney Fowler

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.

Pic­ture: KSHS

Kar­ratha Com­bined Schools Band was first in the ensem­ble di­vi­sion.

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