FIFTEEN-year-old Elana Girling’s tunes have taken her on a trip all the way to Tasmania.
The Mt Nasura clarinettist is a member of the Armadale City Concert Band and performed in Launceston at the National Band Championships earlier this year.
She has also been recognised for her hard work with a Variety scholarship, which are awarded to young people living with disability, chronic illness or disadvantage to help them reach their potential.
Elana’s scholarship has helped her with tuition, equipment and band fees. She said it felt very good to be recognised.
While she originally started playing the piano, about five years ago she made the switch to clarinet.
“I decided to do something else,” Elana said.
Her mother Sally said her daughter suddenly told her in the car that she wanted to play clarinet.
“I said to the teacher, ‘Have you got a clarinet?’ She said, ‘Oh, yes, yes. I’ll bring a reed, if she can get a note out, let’s see where we go with this’,” Mrs Girling said.
It wasn’t long before Elana was playing up a storm on her new instrument.
These days, along with performing in the city band, the Year 10 student is in the specialist music program at Kelmscott Senior High, plays in the senior ensembles and often showcases her skills during street sessions on Saturday mornings in Armadale.
The young musician’s schedule is packed with performances – Elana just played in the State Band Championships, and is set to be part of the Armadale City Concert Band’s 30th anniversary celebrations in July.