Stirling Community Youth Band makes musical debut

Stirling Community Youth Band and Takari Primary School music teacher Collean Campione. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Stirling Community Youth Band and Takari Primary School music teacher Collean Campione. Photo: Martin Kennealey

A MUSICAL collaboration between students of six City of Stirling schools is hitting the right notes.

Stirling Community Youth Band formed four months ago and recently made their debut public performance.

The band comprises 11 year 2 to 8 students from Balcatta primary and senior high school, and Lake Gwelup, Nollamara, Takari and West Balcatta primary schools.

Takari music teacher Colleen Campione leads students in weekly rehearsals and said the performance was the culmination of 70 hours of band rehearsals and more at home practice.

“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,” she said.

Between them, the band members play ukulele, percussion, guitar, violin, metallophone and keyboard.

They took to the stage at Balcatta Senior High School’s performing arts theatre along with Takari’s year 5 and 6 rock bands.

Ms Campione said the Stirling band will reconvene in Term 1 next year and encouraged other students to audition.

“Studies around the globe have established that playing an instrument benefits both sides of the brain and strengthens memory,” she said.

“In addition to that, playing your instrument with other musicians increases perseverance, team skills, responsibility, listening skills, time management, patience, self-discipline, confidence, self esteem and best of all, happiness.”

Email Colleen.Campione@education.wa.edu.au.