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Emmanuel College music students Jonas Welsh, 15, and Nancie Schipper, 15.

Battle of the Bands key for young musicians

News Article Date: 
Monday, 17 August 2015

Any chance to perform in front of a large audience, such as the FReeZA Battle of the Bands, should be seized upon.

This is the advice for young musicians from Emmanuel College Head of Performing Arts Nick Frampton.

Nine south-west acts have taken up the challenge, with a full bill set to perform at the Warrnambool FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands this Friday.

Mr Frampton said that events like Battle of the Bands were a brilliant platform for up-and-coming musicians while potentially giving audiences a first glimpse of Warrnambool’s next big musical act.

“It gives young musicians the opportunity to perform in a real performance environment in front of an appreciative audience and in front of their peers as well,” he said.

“It teaches them some really good skills in organisation, working to deadlines but more importantly, it’s just a really good opportunity to perform.

“If they are successful, they can move on to regional and potentially state based finals which gives them that exposure to get their music out there.”

Emmanuel College has taken a leading role in the development of the region’s young musicians over the past few years.

The college has introduced a Vocational Education Training (VET) music course for year 11 and 12 students, with students from Brauer, Warrnambool, Terang and Mortlake Colleges also in attendance.

Mr Frampton said that a shift in focus towards more contemporary music across all year levels has seen interest in studying music at school skyrocket.

“We could see that there was a demand for kids wanting to study contemporary music performance in year 11 and 12,” he said.

“VCE music wasn’t providing that for them and so we had quite a number who were studying it in year 10 that wanted to go on and study it at a higher level but there wasn’t really an option there for them.

“The moment we moved to a more contemporary focus, the students voted with their feet.

“Last year was our most successful year with 44 students doing the VET course. As a comparison, previously with VCE Music we had about five students doing it.

“The VET music course is about offering students real world performance opportunities and events such as Battle of the Bands are a great example of that.”

Winner of the recent Moyne Battle of the Bands and Emmanuel College music student Nancie Schipper said that Battle of the Bands events are a terrific stepping stone.

“It gives people an opportunity to play to a big audience and it’s a really fun competition,” she said.

“Also, it’s a good place to gain confidence and meet likeminded people.”

The 2015 FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands will be held at the Lighthouse Theatre Studio on Friday August 21 from 6pm.

The line-up includes Paddy Brady, Angela Kenna, Against Our Pride, Ben Cragg, Spooked, Dylan and Blake, Silver City, The Mellows and Tiosav Joy.

This is a fully supervised, drug and alcohol free event presented by the Warrnambool City Council and Brophy Kulcha Shift’s FReeZA Crew.

Tickets are $5 on the door, which includes a photo-booth session and a chance to win an iPad Mini.


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