Music program hits high note

Apollo Bay students Cat Richardson and Brittany Hannah are excited their school has won a $100,000 Yamaha music grant which includes a performance from Guy Sebastian at the school next week.

Apollo Bay P-12 College students and staff are celebrating after winning a $100,000 Yamaha music grant which the principal says will be a “game changer”.

Apollo Bay music teacher Sam Seabrook and principal Tiffany Holt applied for the national $100K Yamaha Band Giveaway which includes a prize of $90,000 of Yamaha instruments, a launch concert at the school featuring Guy Sebastian, three days’ training from Dr Rob McWilliams, Australia’s leading band expert and Yamaha Education Outreach clinician.

Ms Holt said Ms Seabrook wanted to apply for the grant to fulfil her vision of being able to provide students with instruments to have a school concert
band.

She said winning the grant was “a game changer” and that it would provide students from Grade Three upwards with an opportunity to learn a musical instrument.

Ms Holt said the school’s current musical instruments included items, which dated “back to the war days” but teachers were determined to provide students with an opportunity to learn different forms of music and borrowed from other schools.

“That wasn’t going to stop us,” she said.

“Now our students have got access to brand new instruments and those that we couldn’t access.

“We’ve got an oboe and a French horn and things that were incredibly expensive and were unable for us to source; our kids can now have a fully fledged concert band.”

Ms Holt credited the school’s successful application to Ms Seabrook’s drive, excitement, determination and vision for the school’s music program.

“I think that we’ve got a very clear vision of what we want to do, Yamaha said we’ve never seen so much energy and excitement,” she said.

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