The Australian Army Band Brisbane performing at Kingaroy State High School as a part of Rural Aid's Gift of Music program.
The Australian Army Band Brisbane performing at Kingaroy State High School as a part of Rural Aid's Gift of Music program.

South Burnett schools granted Gift of Music

RURAL Aid arranged a free music workshop in the South Burnett, and invited seven South Burnett schools who all received a share in $50,000 worth of musical instruments and Lego.

This was all a part of the organisation's Gift of Music program.

The Australian Army Band also made the trip out to work with the students in workshops, and then performed a concert for them.

Gift of Music are a branch of the Rural Aid charity that has been working to assist children in rural and remote schools, in areas badly affected by drought or natural disaster, gain access to the myriad of educational, social, and emotional benefits of learning a musical instrument.

The program aimed to give opportunities and positive experiences to children suffering locational, social, and economic disadvantage.

Students from Murgon High School, Murgon State School, Yarraman State School, Nanango State School, Coolabunia State School, St Joseph's Catholic School in Murgon, and Kingaroy State High School travelled to the Kingaroy Performing Arts centre for the handovers on Friday October 18.

Kingaroy State High School principal Ashley Roediger and Robyn Thompson.
Kingaroy State High School principal Ashley Roediger and Robyn Thompson.

While in the South Burnett, the Australian Army Band also performed at a sold-out concert at the Kingaroy RSL on Saturday, October 19 and a public concert at Coronation Park in Wondai on Sunday, October 20 afternoon.

Robyn Thompson from Rural Aid said this was a good news drought story, but with a difference.

"While everyone knows about the drought and the terrible hardships that farmers face, it's often the children that are the forgotten victims," she said.

"This is one way Rural Aid aims to help the children suffering in this drought, and support the schools that do such a wonderful job inspiring their students in very tough times.

"Bringing a bit of joy and putting smiles on faces through the gift of music."

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