By David Lee
AFTER a display of incredible talent during the recent launch of the Academy of Brass and Percussion, local teen, Olajuwon Bamblett impressed members of the Shepparton Brass Band so much he was given the honour of playing alongside them during the ANZAC Day parade.
Launched on Sunday, April 22 in a bid to encourage less experienced brass players and beginners to experience playing music with like minded people, the Academy of Brass and Percussion will see players meet at weekly gatherings from 4:30pm on Sundays at the Sound Shell in the Queens Gardens.
After obtaining several grants over the last year, the Shepparton Brass Band have purchased new instruments for a ‘Training Band’ in hope that new players attending will progress through to the main band as their skills improve.
13 year old Shepparton resident, Olajuwon Bamblett, told The Adviser he had never played an instrument before picking up the Drums.
“It was a great experience to play with the band in the ANZAC Day parade.
“I love all music but the Drums stood out to me,” Olajuwon said.
Band Secretary, Allan Thomson said, “It is great having new talent and Olajuwon is very keen and eager to learn.
“We’d like to see three or four more drummers come to join us and we are still looking for Brass players,” Allan said.
For further information on the Academy of Brass and Percussion, contact Allan Thomson on 0402 284 797.