‘Grandpa’ rocks out with Cooya youn­sters

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT -

MON­DAY nights are rockin’ in Cooya Beach as a group of kids band to­gether to learn mu­sic un­der the tute­lage of Bennett “Grandpa” Walker in prepa­ra­tion for the next Moss­man Rocks gig.

Bennett is get­ting busy bring­ing the kids up to speed on their cho­sen in­stru­ments at the Mon­day night ses­sions so they can en­ter­tain the crowd at the next Moss­man Rocks gig, which is yet to be an­nounced.

The band is made up of lead singer Shan­ice McLean, 14, who has re­cently had great suc­cess at the Cre­ative Gen­er­a­tion per­for­mance in Bris­bane, Chris Dwyer, 12, on drums, Sharmiah Walker, 11, on sax­o­phone, La­mar Enoch, 11, on rhythm gui­tar, Brax­ton Wienert, nine, also on drums and lead gui­tar, and Faith Kemp­ster, 10, on bass.

“The kids are com­ing along nicely,” Bennett said.

Chris Dwyer, left, Brax­ton Wienert, La­mar Enoch, Faith Kemp­ster, Sharmiah Walker and Shan­ice McLean

“And the other im­por­tant skill that I am try­ing to teach them is to learn to play by ear.

“Of course learn­ing to read mu­sic is a must but learn­ing by ear is the best way to learn mu­sic and if you can do this, it will stay with you for life and help the kids in many other ar­eas of learn­ing too.”

The Moss­man Rocks gig is an an­nual al­co­hol-free mu­sic and dance concert that pro­motes some of the best mu­si­cians in the re­gion.

Putting on a show: Jeremiah John­son will be among the

per­form­ers

Stu­dent rock­ers:

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