Youth band hits right chord for music students

January 7, 2019 by  

The formation of a youth band is striking the right chord for music students from Balcatta and throughout the City of Stirling.

Hailing from six schools including Balcatta senior high and primary, and primary schools at West Balcatta, Takari, Nollamara and Lake Gwelup, the students united to form the Stirling Community Youth Band about four months ago.

Recently, local music lovers witnessed the band’s first public performance paving the way for further appearances in 2019. Such events are usually advertised via flyer printing.

The youth band consists of 11 students from Years 2 to 8. Colleen Campione, a music teacher at Takari Primary School, hosts weekly rehearsals for the band. She said an estimated 70 hours of rehearsals plus individual home practice had been undertaken to prepare students for their recent debut performance. She added:

“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.”

The start of the new school year in 2019 will see the band reconvene and Campione said fellow students would be welcome to audition. She highlighted that studies revealed many benefits of playing an instrument including its ability to strengthen the memory. In addition, playing an instrument as part of a band also increased self-esteem, confidence, self-discipline, patience, time management, listening skills, responsibility and team skills.