Banksia Beach State School bands at Music Fest

By Neil Wilson - Sub Editor for the Bribie Islander


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Whilst those who are a part of the Bribie Island community know, there are so many talented people that live in the area among them, there are many adults and children who are gifted musicians. In fact, following the recent successes of the Banksia Beach State School bands at Music Fest, some outsiders have been left wondering whether there is something special about the air at Bribie Island that stimulates such wonderful talent. School Performing Arts Manager Martin O’Callaghan told me that the contingent of students from Banksia Beach State School was the largest to attend the event which was held at Iona College.

‘The two hundred students that we took to Music Fest made up the Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced bands and each of those bands were recognised for their talents,’ said Martin. ‘The Beginners Band received a Gold Award whilst both the Intermediate and Advanced Bands took out the Platinum Awards,’ he added. The achievements of the school’s bands have been consistent for some time and an example of this is that only a short time prior to their victory at Music Fest, the Advanced Band were winners of the St. Columbans Music Spectacular for the sixth year in a row.

I guess that it really doesn’t matter whether it’s something in the air or just the result of total dedication by all those involved, knowing that these young people are a part of our community makes one proud to be a Bribie Islander.

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