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Covid-19 restrictions haven’t prevented our Music students from practicing and refining their vocal and instrumental skills. This series of videos is their way of presenting the songs they would have played at school functions and events. With everything from solo acts to woodwind ensembles, we are sure you will enjoy the smooth sounds of our Music students performing live on stage.
DRUMLINE & DRUM SOLO
The SBC Drumline consists of bass drums, snare drums, tenor drums, quad toms and cymbals, all played by students from Year 7 to Year 12. While a lot of the same skills required in the band and contemporary classes transfer to drumline, it also develops a whole new skill-set. Rehearsing weekly under the guidance of Mr Darcy Walker, drumline spends many hours preparing for a variety of public and school events. Even the rain won't stop us on ANZAC Day!
One of the key leaders of drumline is Year 12 student Lochlan Robinson. Lochlan has been working hard this year in preparation for his Grade 6 ANZCA drum exam. He performed one of his exam pieces at a recent Academic Awards Assembly, which you can find here in this video following the drumline performance. Good luck in your upcoming exam Lochlan!
The band program has been the heart and soul of the music department for many years now, and for good reason! The benefits of playing music reach far beyond just the joy of playing music, with teamwork, reading skills and cognitive development all benefiting from the experience. Of course, developing friendships and enjoying music will always be at the forefront of why we teach and perform it. You have probably seen (or heard!) the fruits of our band program at public events all along the Capricorn Coast.
The Year 9 Band Class has been together since the start of Year 8, where they began on clarinet or trumpet. These instruments develop the skills necessary to transfer to other woodwind (clarinet) or brass (trumpet) instruments should the students wish to. Considering some of them have been playing for less than 18 months, we are very proud of these boys!
This time last year a large contingent of staff and students had headed off to Brisbane for a successful few days at the annual Queensland Catholic Schools Music Festival. The students were winners in Gold, Silver and Bronze in numerous categories.
The festival was a weekend of music performance and appreciation, of talent, touring, fun and friendship. This year due to COVID-19 Restriction the event has not gone ahead so the music dept have put together a compilation of 2019 for your enjoyment.
As a part of the term - rotation model for elective subjects, Year 7 students get to enjoy a taste of music at St Brendan’s College.
Through practical use of instruments, students learn key musical skills and concepts.
You may have already heard the smooth sounds of Harry Shepherd in the very first music video of this series. Here he has teamed up with another very talented Year 12 musician, Patrick McLaughlin.
Both young men started in the band program on clarinet, and have diversified across a wide variety of instruments, including woodwind, guitar/bass and vocals. Pat became a skilful bass player, and in recent years has transitioned those skills, with lots of persistence and practice, to the guitar. Both Harry and Pat are stalwarts of the music program and any events associated with it.
While you have seen Harry on stage as the Beast in the 2019 SBC/STU musical Beauty & The Beast, you would have found Pat sitting very comfortably in the bass-guitar chair in the orchestra. The fact that he can fill such a position is testament to the belief and confidence the music staff have in him.
This dynamic duo has been performing around Yeppoon for some time now, honing their skills and polishing their craft. Keep an eye out for them in the near future!
Watch their full Session List: Cyclone (Sticky Fingers), Rum Rage (Sticky Fingers) and Up In The Clouds (Skeggs).
You could say that Lachlan was almost born with a guitar in his hands, since his grandfather started teaching him at age 6. He quickly embraced singing, joining the school choir at St Benedict’s Primary School. Lachlan has continued his music passion through high school, becoming one of the music department’s ‘go-to’ performers for events. He is in several SBC contemporary bands as singer and/or guitarist; this has seen him perform on stage at the school’s ‘Open Mic Nights’ and the Queensland Catholic School’s Music Festival in Brisbane. Lachlan’s skills allow him to perform publicly in the local region, at venues including the RSL and Sailing Club. You would have also seen him on stage in the SBC/STU musicals, most recently in Beauty & The Beast in 2019. Hoping to pursue music education following his years at SBC, Lachlan is highly regarded and valued by those in the music department.
Watch his full Session List: I Believe In You (Michael Bublé), Simple (Florida Georgia Line), Count On Me (Bruno Mars)
With a passion for live performance and musical theatre, Caleb was always going to be an integral part of the SBC Music scene! As most of our music students do, Caleb earned his stripes in the band class/program, becoming a strong trumpet player over the years. He has recently expanded his brass-playing capabilities with euphonium, and has developed advanced piano skills through consistent practise over the last couple of years. Caleb shone (literally!) as ‘Lumiere’, a French-accented cheeky candelabra, in the SBC/STU 2019 musical Beauty & The Beast. With the hope of pursuing a career in the musical theatre/arts industry, Caleb has garnered professional experience through roles in community musicals, most notably a stellar performance in Rockhampton Venues and Events’ production of “Kinky Boots” in 2019.
Session Playlist: Chim Chim Cher-ee (Mary Poppins), Be Our Guest (Beauty & The Beast), I Really Really Love You (Scott Burkell)
Harry’s musical passion has seen him excel in a variety of roles in the SBC Music department. Honing his craft in the band class/program, Harry developed his clarinet and saxophone skills, before branching out to guitar and vocals in recent years. Harry presented a stand-out performance in the SBC/STU 2019 production of Beauty & The Beast, starring as the Beast in every show. A year 12 Student, he has earned the respect of his peers and teachers due to his work ethic and dedication to his art. With the addition of a stomp-pedal and loop-pedal, this talented musician has impressed audiences at venues such as Pie Alley Blues and Lure Café. Keep an eye out for Harry performing live near you!
Watch his full Session Playlist: Gone (Ziggy Alberts), Eraser (Ed Sheeran), The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel), Laps Around the Sun (Ziggy Alberts)