Old boys back for the mu­sic

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Holly Thomp­son

Three for­mer Bridgetown High School stu­dents went back to per­form some of their mu­sic for cur­rent stu­dents this week.

Irik New­man, Jeff Bray­brooke and Hay­den Kil­ner are in­volved with AB Mu­sic, a pro­gram set up to help peo­ple get into the mu­sic in­dus­try.

AB Mu­sic ad­min­is­tra­tion man­ager Natasha Eldridge said the mu­sic school was for Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple but had just be­gun to ac­cept ev­ery­one.

“AB Mu­sic started about 30 years ago and it’s slowly grown through­out the years, now we do Cer­tifi­cate II, III and IV in mu­sic knowl­edge be­fore go­ing into a diploma of mu­sic.”

She said the com­pany tried to per­form at schools as much as pos­si­ble.

“We try to get into schools so stu­dents have pos­i­tive role mod­els if they want to choose mu­sic as a ca­reer,” she said.

“This is one of the first times we’ve been to this area but we’ve al­ready been in­vited back so that’s lovely.”

New­man was the first of the three to join, and re­cruited the other two boys af­ter a year in the pro­gram.

“Jeff fin­ished school and wasn’t sure what he wanted to do so I in­vited him to join the pro­gram,” he said.

“About six months later I asked Hay­den to join as well.”

Jeff and Hay­den had al­ready been in a band to­gether be­fore join­ing the pro­gram.

“If you want to do mu­sic and fol­low your dream then go for it, you can be any­thing you want to be and we’ll help you,” Mrs Eldridge said.

We try to get into schools so stu­dents have pos­i­tive role mod­els. Natasha Eldridge

Pic­ture: Holly Thomp­son

Irik New­man, Jeff Bray­brooke and Hay­den Kil­ner, from AB Mu­sic, per­form at Bridgetown High School.

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