The beat goes on thanks to pupils’ gift
‘‘Ross is great with our students and we are lucky to have him available to us for this sort of work with our kids.’’
They have sawed, sanded and drilled their way into the musical record of their school.
Six pupils at Mayfield School have created two handcrafted Cajon drums, or beat boxes, as part of the Champions Group programme run by the Marlborough Community Development Trust.
Under the guidance of mentor Ross Banbury, the team spent two terms learning new life skills.
The hands-on project was ‘‘a lot of fun’’, Ross says.
‘‘We decided to build two beat boxes, which would be given to the school at the conclusion of the course.
‘‘Along the way they would learn life skills through the building project, making it a hands-on learning time,’’ he says.
The wooden boxes, also known as Cajon drums, can be played like a drum with cut outs at the front letting the sound out.
Ross says the boys did most of the work themselves, while he offered advice and help as needed.
‘‘We practiced the ‘begin with the end in mind’ with our planning and worked together as a group, taking turns and following instructions to gain a team result.
‘‘It was a lot of fun and we gave our beat boxes to the school for all the children to use and enjoy,’’ Ross says.
The boxes were gifted to the school at assembly on Friday.
Principal David Nott tried the boxes out for size, giving an impromptu per- formance to the delight of pupils.
‘‘We identified this group of boys as a group who would benefit from working together with Ross, on a project to develop their skills in working as a team, following instructions, taking turns, supporting each other, and working towards a goal.
‘‘The boys relate really well to Ross, and they enjoyed the chance to be shown how to use materials and hand tools, and craft something together.
‘‘Ross is great with our students and we are lucky to have him available to us for this sort of work with our kids.
‘‘The boys, with Ross’s support and guidance, and cordless drill, made two beautiful Cajon Drums which we now have in our musical instrument collection, to be used and enjoyed by all students,’’ he says.
Mayfield School pupils, back from left, Edward Wikitera, Ryan Strawford, Hectar Farmer, Isaiah Meechang, front from left, Eli Gare and Charlie Duncan have worked alongside Ross Banbury, back centre, to create handcrafted beat boxes.
David Nott, principal of Mayfield School