Students come together for love of music

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A two-day music workshop is currently being held at the Bundaberg Multiplex.

Double bass, cello, violins, drums and trumpets are just some of the instruments getting a workout as part of a two-day music workshop for state schools in the region.

The Bundaberg Multiplex has been playing host to up to 100 passionate students from Years 5-12 today.

They will practice together in band and string ensembles until Wednesday evening when they will showcase their talents at a free community concert.

Coordinator Angela Ulbl said the annual workshop opened up a world of musical opportunities for those involved.

“It happens every year, generally we aim for two or three days and it is to give the kids an opportunity to play in a big group,” she said.

Ms Ulbl said students not only learned from a special conductor during the two-day event, but also from each other.

“From a teachers perspective, we can say things until we are blue in the face but when somone else says it the penny drops and that is lovely to see,” she said.

“From the kids perspective, they pick up little bits and pieces alot from each other.”

Students from state schools across the region are participating in the workshop.

Students thrive in music workshops

Bundaberg State High School student Katie McCord said it was her fifth year attending the workshop.

“I play the viola for this workshop and I absolutely love it,” she said.

“I enjoy coming together with different schools and just playing in a bigger ensemble than we would at school.

“This year our composer is Mrs Bernard who has been working alot with bow structure.”

Damian Flett from Kepnock State High School said the event gave him the opportunity to learn more about music.

“We are going more in depth on a couple of songs with an outside conductor,” he said.

“It has been a nice change of pace.

“As well as learning new things, we are working with new people as part of a group which has been an interesting experience.”

The workshop will culminate in a free concert on Wednesday night at the Bundaberg Multiplex.

“It always blows everyone's mind what these kids manage to achieve in such a short amount of time,” Ms Ulbl said.