‘Grandpa’ rocks out with Cooya younsters
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.
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