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Bowen State High School Fanfare Success!

Students from Bowen State High School Instrumental Music (IM) Program represented their school at the regional finals in Townsville last Monday.

The local school was the only secondary school outside of Townsville to reach the Regional Final of Fanfare and Principal Rob Harris was extremely proud of his students.

“I am immensely proud of every student for their performance tonight they sounded amazing,” said Mr Harris.  

“We look forward to showcasing our concert band in the community over the course of the year.

“Bowen High you should be very proud of these talented students.”

Fanfare is the biennial state-wide festival of bands and orchestras from Queensland state schools.

It showcases the exciting music-making that occurs in school-based ensembles across the state.

The emphasis for Fanfare is on improving the quality of ensembles, promoting the highest possible standard of performance, striving for excellence and encouraging participation.

Principal Rob Harris said Bowen State High School was one of two secondary music ensembles in the North Queensland Region.

Bowen State High School IM program has grown over recent years with a dedicated group of students and staff.

The students practice every Monday afternoon and the support from parents ensure they attend rehearsals and performances is greatly appreciated.

Bowen State High School’s band also played at the Bowen ANZAC Day Service. 

Year 12 students Sajith Kokulan and Alyssa Hardy have been in the IM program since primary school and have continued throughout their secondary schooling.

IM teacher, Mrs Amanda Mattiske said it’s great to see older students setting standard for the younger members.

“It is great to see our senior students being role models for the younger band members,” said Mrs Mattiske.

“Our band members interact positively with each other and support each other when setting up, practicing and performing.”

Bowen SHS concert band performing at the regional fanfare finals in Townsville.

2 Bowen SHS concert band received a Gold award at the Fanfare heats in Proserpine last month.

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