Ded­i­cated duo

Whitsunday Times - - LO­CAL NEWS -

SHOCKED to even be nom­i­nated for Aus­tralia Day awards, lo­cal mu­si­cians Carmel Lee and Cody McCarthy are no doubt gob-smacked to be named the Se­nior and Ju­nior Cul­tural Award win­ners for Air­lie Beach, Can­non­vale and Proser­pine.

“(I’m) shocked and com­pletely stunned,” Mr McCarthy said of his nom­i­na­tion.

While Ms Lee said it was “a real sur­prise”.

MC for the event, Proser­pine Li­ons Club pres­i­dent David Hin­schen, said Ms Lee, who has been a part of the Proser­pine Cit­i­zens Band for 50 years, was “an ex­cel­lent role model for the younger play­ers”.

“As the se­cond-long­est serv­ing mem­ber and cur­rent trom­bon­ist, she is known as a de­voted, dili­gent and valued mem­ber of the band,” he said.

Ms Lee said the rea­son for her long ser­vice was sim­ple.

“I just en­joy mu­sic,” she said. “I en­joy be­ing part of a group, and all my fam­ily has ended up in the band and the grand­kids – it’s a real fam­ily af­fair.”

Mr Hin­schen said Mr McCarthy was also a role model in the com­mu­nity, be­ing heav­ily in­volved in both school- based and ex­tracur­ric­u­lar mu­sic pro­grams.

“He was very ac­tively in­volved in all el­e­ments of the in­stru­men­tal mu­sic pro­gram (at Proser­pine State High School) as a mem­ber of the con­cert band and a band leader, as well as a sound en­gi­neer as­sist­ing in the train­ing of younger stu­dents for that role,” he said.

Mr McCarthy said he loved the whole process.

“It’s just in­ter­est­ing how it all just blends to­gether and it all just makes one big show,” he said.

BEST IN SHOW: Carmel Lee and Cody McCarthy were named the Se­nior and Ju­nior Cul­tural Award win­ners.

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