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FROM $250 drum kits to $35 xy­lo­phones, the Mu­si­cal Equip­ment sec­tion of Week­end Shopper has ev­ery­thing a bud­ding mu­si­cian needs.

Chil­dren’s mu­si­cal dreams can also be­gin in this ex­ten­sive sec­tion.

Queens­land Con­ser­va­to­rium Grif­fith Univer­sity stu­dent Brent Miller ( pic­tured), 21, has fond mem­o­ries of be­gin­ning his mu­si­cal life as a nine-year-old xy­lo­phone player.

Mr Miller said he be­gan play­ing other per­cus­sion in­stru­ments such as the tri­an­gle and the cym­bals in high school.

How­ever, he is now pro­fi­cient at one of the largest and loud­est mu­si­cal pos­si­bil­i­ties: the ket­tle drum or as it is known in or­ches­tral terms, the tim­pani.

“Mu­sic is my pas­sion - it’s what I’m driven to do,” he said.

“I love that it can ex­press any emo­tion and touch peo­ple in a pos­i­tive way. “I also love the di­ver­sity of per­cus­sion. “ There’s al­ways some­thing new to hit and de­spite all the jokes made about per­cus­sion­ists, there’s just as much mu­si­cal­ity in per­cus­sion as there is in other in­stru­ments.”

Mr Miller’s most re­cent achieve­ment was play­ing in the 2011 YouTube Sym­phony Orches­tra on March 20, along with 101 mu­si­cians from 33 coun­tries.

The per­for­mance was streamed live on

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