Mu­sic stu­dents band to­gether

Stirling Times - - News -

A MU­SI­CAL col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween stu­dents from six City of Stir­ling schools is hit­ting the right notes.

Stir­ling Com­mu­nity Youth Band formed four months ago and re­cently made their de­but pub­lic per­for­mance.

The band com­prises 11 years 2 to 8 stu­dents from Bal­catta pri­mary and se­nior high schools, and Lake Gwelup, Nol­la­mara, Takari and West Bal­catta pri­mary schools.

Takari mu­sic teacher Colleen Cam­pi­one leads stu­dents in weekly re­hearsals and said the per­for­mance was the cul­mi­na­tion of 70 hours of band re­hearsals and more ath­ome prac­tice.

“I’m very proud of all our stu­dents, they have proven to be ded­i­cated and dili­gent in the part they have to play in their band,” she said.

Be­tween them, the band mem­bers play ukulele, per­cus­sion, gui­tar, vi­o­lin, met­al­lo­phone and key­board.

They took to the stage at Bal­catta Se­nior High School’s per­form­ing arts theatre along with Takari’s years 5 and 6 rock bands.

Ms Cam­pi­one said the Stir­ling band would re­con­vene in Term 1 next year and en­cour­aged other stu­dents to au­di­tion.

“Stud­ies around the globe have es­tab­lished that play­ing an in­stru­ment ben­e­fits both sides of the brain and strength­ens mem­ory,” she said.

“In ad­di­tion to that, play­ing your in­stru­ment with other mu­si­cians in­creases per­se­ver­ance, team skills, re­spon­si­bil­ity, lis­ten­ing skills, time man­age­ment, pa­tience, self-dis­ci­pline, con­fi­dence, self es­teem and best of all, hap­pi­ness.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Stir­ling Com­mu­nity Youth Band with Takari Pri­mary School mu­sic teacher Colleen Cam­pi­one (right).

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