School music fills park for Band Fete day

Chloe FraserBusselton Dunsborough Times

Geographe Bay Music will showcase their musical talents when they perform at the Band Fete at Mitchell Park tomorrow.

The group, which includes three big symphonic bands, two jazz ensembles, a vocal ensemble and several smaller ensembles, will play music back-to-back from 8.30am-12.30pm.

Launching their new name in late 2016, Geographe Bay Music encompasses about 150 members from two high schools and five primary schools in the region.

The joint entity links Busselton Senior High School and Cape Naturaliste College’s music programs with primary schools at Geographe, West Busselton, Dunsborough, Busselton and Vasse.

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Head of music Nicky Hair said merging the programs helped the children grow musically.

“We play a vast variety of styles and genres and get the kids to experience as much as they can musically,” she said. “For some members it will be their first performance — especially for the Year 6s — it will be their first band performance ever so that’s something they will remember.

“It’s about friendship as well.”

Ms Hair said audiences could look forward to hearing classics as well as jazz and the hits of the day.

There will also be a cake stall, a white elephant stall, a book raffle, plants, games and hot food.

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