Just the start for lo­cal mu­sos

Ja­cob Bell shines dur­ing SHEP pro­gram

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PER­FORM­ING in front of hun­dreds is dif­fi­cult at the best of times – per­form­ing in front of hun­dreds while keep­ing tempo with 94 fel­low mu­si­cians is even harder.

But it was a chal­lenge ac­cepted by lo­cal muso Ja­cob Bell, 11, who rep­re­sented Can­non­vale State School at the State Hon­ours Ensem­ble Pro­gram in Mackay last Satur­day.

Held an­nu­ally, the SHEP pro­gram gives young mu­si­cians the op­por­tu­nity to work with a team of em­i­nent con­duc­tors from Queens­land Con­ser­va­to­rium, Grif­fith Univer­sity dur­ing in­ten­sive week­end work­shops.

Ja­cob’s ded­i­ca­tion to prac­tice and mu­si­cal ex­cel­lence in play­ing the clar­inet earned him a nom­i­na­tion and se­lec­tion for the SHEP pro­gram along­side Te­gan Hanks and Ethan Smith from Pros­er­pine State High School.

At the end of the work­shop stu­dents held a con­cert play­ing four pieces of mu­sic for par­ents, fam­i­lies and friends to en­joy and show­case their skills.

Ja­cob’s mother Giselle Bur­ton said see­ing the stu­dents per­form dur­ing the fi­nal per­for­mance was an in­cred­i­bly proud mo­ment.

“The stu­dents were there for six hours a day par­tic­i­pat­ing in work­shops and prac­tis­ing their in­stru­ments,” Ms Bur­ton said.

“He was very ex­cited he didn’t make any mis­takes. Ja­cob’s quite a high achiever. These events re­ally en­cour­age him and, as a re­sult, he strives to do bet­ter.”

The pro­gram at­tracted 95 stu­dents over­all, ex­celling in mu­si­cal per­for­mance from 17 dif­fer­ent schools around the re­gion, who par­tic­i­pated in the work­shop and fi­nal con­cert at the Mackay North State High School.

But this is just the start for Ja­cob.

He’ll be sit­ting his grade 2 clar­inet in Mackay next week through the Aus­tralian Mu­sic Ex­am­i­na­tions Board and is al­ready look­ing to land a spot in the school band next year.

Ms Bur­ton said these op­por­tu­ni­ties were in­valu­able for lo­cal chil­dren.

“Lit­tle bits of dif­fer­ent chal­lenges take them out of their nor­mal com­fort zone,” she said.

“But then they suc­ceed in what they’re do­ing and de­velop con­fi­dence and that’s what’s im­por­tant.”

❝quite Ja­cob’s a high achiever. These events re­ally en­cour­age him and, as a re­sult, he strives to do bet­ter. — Giselle Bur­ton

PHOTO: CON­TRIBUTED

MU­SI­CAL GE­NIUS: Te­gan Hanks, Ja­cob Bell and Ethan Smith were se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in the State Hon­ours Ensem­ble Pro­gram hosted by Grif­fith Univer­sity.

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