Navy band is music to the ears of intermediate kids
Pasadena Intermediate pupils found out it’s not all ships and salutes when they were treated to a visit from the Navy Brass Band recently.
The band entertained the excited crowd with a range of show tunes, movie themes and even rock and dance segments.
Though the musicians usually perform for high schools, they made an exception to visit Pasadena as part of the school’s music extension programme, says principal Tony Walsh.
Leading musician Andrew Lile has played bass trombone in the band for four years and says the shows are all part of the navy’s role in the community.
They are also a good way of showing the kids the different things they can become involved with through the navy.
“It’s a pretty fun concert, we try to tailor it for the kids,” he says.
“I don’t think there’s too many other groups that do this kind of thing.”
Mr Walsh says the school does a lot of music extension work and the concert is another way of getting kids involved.
He says the high-energy concert was fantastic.
“It’s a very positive way to introduce another style of music to pre-teens.”
Year 7 student Elsie Bollinger learns the saxophone and says she had a lot of fun.
“Introducing the instruments and their different sounds was interesting and could help you choose an instrument to play.”
Nick Denby, 11, has been learning the drums this year and though he wants to be in a rock band, he was hoping the concert would show him a few different styles of drumming.
Mr Lile says he enjoys playing to the enthusiastic school crowds whenever there is a break in the band’s schedule.
“It’s good to do something different,” he says.
Top brass: Pasadena Intermediate students Panxi Pan, 11, and Nick Denby, 11, get some tips from the band’s leading musician Andrew Lile.