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A famous Aussie band once sung that it was “a long way to the top if you wanna rock’n’roll” however a local musician is helping kids kick-start their careers and preparing them for the night of their lives.

by @JohnCaruso on Tuesday, 29 Nov, 2016

Nineteen students, aged from eight to thirteen are preparing to be rock stars for a night, performing with well-known national and local artists as part of their graduation from the inaugural Eumundi School of Rock.

The program is the brainchild of Eumundi local and multi-award-winning performer Katie Noonan who had a vision to create a real-life School of Rock with the aim of preserving the region’s culture through local talent development.

“There’s an instinct within children who have a love of music to express their unique ability through their chosen instrument which provides them with a greater belief in themselves to perform in front of their peers and teachers,” said Katie.

Launched in August 2016, the music program targets young schoolchildren with a passion for rock and roll and aims to boost their self-esteem, musicianship, stagecraft and performance in a supportive and inspiring environment.

For the past three months, the students have been receiving free weekly tutoring, training and mentoring from the local four-time ARIA-winning and seven-time Platinum-selling songstress Katie; Darren Percival; and School of Rock teachers from Band of Frequencies including: guitarist/vocalist Shannon Sol Carroll; bassist/trumpeter Owen Newcomb; pianist Andrew Szumowski; drummer Alice Jones; and National Jazz Award-winning Saxophonist, Zac Hurren.

The kids have now formed three separate bands and will perform alongside Katie, Jack Carty and Band of Frequencies at the Eumundi School of Arts on Friday 9 December from 6-10pm. All artists are performing for free with 100% of profits to go towards keeping the school going in 2017.

For those about to rock, we salute you!

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