The statewide festival of bands, also known as Fanfare, will see some of our Murweh kids head to Roma tomorrow morning.
Leaving at 5:45 am, 15 Charleville State school kids, 12 Charleville State High School students and 11 Augathella State School kids will bundle into buses headed on a musical journey.
Murweh Instrumental Music Teacher, Stuart Sloan, says the competition which is held every two years, will be a great experience for the kids.
“It’s about giving students an opportunity to perform, and for us out here it’s great to have something to work towards.
“We have five ensembles in total, three string ensembles and two concert bands.
“Hopefully it will ignite their passion for music if they see what hard work can achieve by seeing the other schools play,” he says.
It seems these kids already have a fair bit of interest in learning a musical instrument.
In the Charleville State School concert band alone, 13 out of the 15 members picked up an instrument for the first time this year.
“Usually beginners wouldn’t even join band until term 3, so they’re developing very quickly.
“There’s been a lot of practice, a lot of hard work.
Hard work from not only the students, but also from their two dedicated music teachers Stuart and Vincent Kwan.
For Stuart, bringing his passion for music out west was a way of giving back to a very successful music program.
“In some ways I want to pay the program back.
“We’re very lucky in Queensland that we have a state school funded program, the other states don’t have it.
“To give music to students, essentially for free – it seems like a really good gift to give someone.
Stuart also says music is a great motivator for some of the kids.
“For some kids it might be the only thing they want to go to school for and for other students it might be the one thing that they understand and makes their brain really switch on,” he says.
We wish all of our Murweh Shire kids heading off to compete in Fanfare the best of luck! Plus More News will follow up on how the 5 ensembles go so be sure to keep an eye out for the results.