Hol­i­day tun­ing ses­sions

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE -

BUD­DING brass mu­si­cians who live or go to school in the City of Wan­neroo can take part in free brass band work­shops these school hol­i­days.

The Chal­lenge Brass Band work­shops are of­fered to school-aged chil­dren and will run over three Satur­days from April 14 to 28.

Run by Banksia Grove res­i­dent Ricky Wile­man in part­ner­ship with the City of Wan­neroo, the Brass Class work­shops have been de­signed to give stu­dents the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing part of a com­mu­nity band with­out hav­ing to join or be­come a mem­ber.

Mr Wile­man said the band was a path for peo­ple to con­tinue their mu­si­cal am­bi­tions in the same way that am­a­teur sports gave peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to pur­sue their sport­ing as­pi­ra­tions.

“The in­spira­tion for the Brass Class came from some re­search into the amaz­ing mu­sic pro­grams that are run in schools and the large num­bers of young peo­ple that are learn­ing to play an in­stru­ment,” he said.

“The 2012 Chil­dren's Par­tic­i­pa­tion in Cul­tural and Leisure Ac­tiv­i­ties Sur­vey showed that 16 per cent (62,400) of chil­dren aged 5-14 in WA were play­ing a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, email chal­lenge­brass­band@gmail.com or call 0407 246 492.

Pic­ture: Mar­tin Ken­nealey

Joseph and Char­lie Slack with Alice Wile­man.

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