Canberra music students take centre stage for Bandstravaganza

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:53:01 AM. More than 1,600 music students perform as part of the three-night Bandstravaganza.
Photo: Red Hill Primary School students Zachary Parnell, Clarissa Fuller, Andre Maras and Ryan Zaman. (ABC Radio Canberra: Hannah Walmsley) Andre Maras picked up a saxophone for the first time only 18 months ago, but tonight he will perform in front of a full house at the ANU's Llewellyn Hall. The year six student from Red Hill Primary School is part of the Canberra Instrumental Music Program's Bandstravaganza. Tickets sold out in less than an hour for the event that runs over three evenings on Monday to Wednesday this week. Photo: Year six student Andre Maras only started learning the saxophone a year-and-a-half ago. (ABC Radio Canberra: Hannah Walmsley) Andre is one of 1,600 public school students taking part in Bandstravaganza, which includes students from year six through to year 12. "I learned to play at school in band lessons but I also practise at home to keep my standard up," he said. Instrumental Music Program principal Naida Blackley said students were experiencing the benefits of working together toward a shared goal. "Band is the best team sport you can do sitting down." At their combined rehearsal, students from Red Hill, Telopea Park and Garran Primary schools played three performance pieces together for the first time. "The students only get one shot at a combined rehearsal," Ms Blackley said. "On night one, mixed ensembles, percussion, choirs and ukuleles take centre stage. "Then the stage belongs to the concert bands for the following two nights of...Read more
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