A music program touring the Kimberley is uniting communities through their love of music.
Grow the Music aims to build confidence and self-esteem among young people living in remote communities. Run by a group of experienced musicians from Canberra and Melbourne, some of whom have lived and worked in East Kimberley communities, the program teaches musical skills to children and adults.
Program director Emily White said the variety of instruments used in the program was broader than just guitars, keyboards, bass and drums.
“We make recycled percussion,” she said.
“Usually we go for a drive to the local rubbish dump and collect various metals and plastic containers, and the kids decorate them, take pride in them and learn to play rhythms and beats just like on a normal drum kit.”
Ms White said twice this year the group had found old drum kits at the rubbish tip.
From a base at Wyndham, they are now learning to play the instruments in the lead-up to a community concert.
“In our first visit this year we have superseded our expectations and with the help of many locals, created a prototype for a music centre that is proving to be successful in engaging the youth of Wyndham,” she said.
“We never dreamed this could happen so soon.
“It has provided the people of Wyndham with a neutral place to play, learn, rehearse and support local music, which is the ultimate purpose of our program.”
The family-friendly, drug and alcohol-free community concert will be held at Wyndham Picture Gardens at 6pm, Thursday, November 15.
There will also be performances by Wyndham District High School and St Joseph’s Primary School students, Kimberley Training Institute and Corrective Services, as well as Oombulgurri band Dadaway, new rap band Oombi by Nature, the Johnson Family Band, and Rode Worx.