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A Ber­tram mu­si­cian has made a teenage mu­sic fan’s dream come true by giv­ing him her drum kit.

Kylie Soanes, drum­mer for the band Legs Elec­tric, gave her long-time drum kit to 14-year-old Rosco House, of Beel­iar.

Ahead of World Down Syn­drome Day to­mor­row, Soanes and fel­low Legs Elec­tric mem­ber Erin Gooden also pre­sented Rosco with a $100 Mega Mu­sic voucher.

Rosco’s mother An­nie House said her son’s re­sponse to re­ceiv­ing the drum kit “was like he won the Lotto”.

“Rosco couldn’t wait to meet the girls and have a jam with them. He hasn’t stopped play­ing on it since he re­ceived it,” she said.

“He phoned all his mates af­ter the girls left to tell them about meet­ing the girls and about his drum kit.”

Soanes, who recorded Leg Elec­tric’s Max­i­mum Rock ‘n’ Roll EP on the kit and played it “with many bands na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally”, said Rosco was “very ex­cited even to just meet us, let alone have a new drum kit”.

“There was hugs all around and he drew us a pic­ture to say thank you. He can keep a great beat and bang the hell out of the drums and loves it,” Soanes said.

She added she knew how much young peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ated the chance to play an in­stru­ment.

“Mu­sic makes ev­ery­one happy and ev­ery dream starts with an op­por­tu­nity,” she said.

“I thought of the idea of ‘giv­ing back’ a long time ago and wanted to give my drum kit away to a child or fam­ily that re­ally needs it.”

Ms House said Rosco, who has Down syn­drome, had “loved mu­sic from the mo­ment he was born”. “It just made him happy, re­laxed and he just loves to dance and belt out a good tune.

There is al­ways mu­sic play­ing in our home, from Rosco play­ing an in­stru­ment or the stereo blast­ing at full vol­ume,” she said.

“Rosco also loves play­ing the gui­tar and singing and can head­bang like no other.”

She said Rosco was part of a pro­gram called Mu­sic Rocks, which taught chil­dren with spe­cial needs how to play in­stru­ments.

Legs Elec­tric band mem­bers Erin Gooden and Kylie Soanes with Rosco House, the proud owner of a very spe­cial drum kit.

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