TREBLE TROUBLE: Cooper Millenhauer, Liam Cullen and Thomas Town love playing music together at the South Burnett Community Young Orchestra workshop on June 1.
TREBLE TROUBLE: Cooper Millenhauer, Liam Cullen and Thomas Town love playing music together at the South Burnett Community Young Orchestra workshop on June 1. Jessica McGrath

Sound of experience and 'music relief' for young players

YOUNG musicians got a chance to refine their skills, have a bit of fun and hear new sounds at an orchestra workshop last weekend.

The South Burnett Community Orchestra hosted the third Young Orchestra workshop for those who were wanting to learn new skills or even pick up an instrument left unplayed for years.

Familiar tunes from films like the Polar Express and Harry Potter could be heard as budding musicians rehearsed their pieces on Saturday.

VOX 1:
FAVOURITE THING: "Playing together as a group and having fun is my favourite thing." -Jennifer Moullenhauer, flute (South Burnett Community Young Orchestra workshops) Jessica McGrath

Tuba player Cooper Millenhauer said the movie-themed music played during the workshops was lots of fun.

"They are a great thing to do. It doesn't matter how good you are, come and play,” he said.

The free music workshops are funded by the Foundation of Rural and Regional Renewal -Tackling Tough Times Together grant, and are designed to help the community combat the stresses of the drought.

VOX 4:
MAKING MUSIC: "Coming together and seeing people from country towns coming together to make music is my favourite thing about the workshops." -Cooper Millenhauer, tuba (South Burnett Community Young Orchestra workshops) Jessica McGrath

"When you see something like this, why not seize the opportunity,” Cooper said.

"I love seeing people from country towns coming together to make music.”

Brass mentor Bill Sharp said the orchestra attendees of all ages enjoyed the musical challenge and making friendships.

VOX 2:
NEW INSTRUMENTS: "You get to see different instruments that you don't normally get to see and hear." -Thomas Town, trumpet (South Burnett Community Young Orchestra) Jessica McGrath

"They are getting a sense of community, and getting to play together as sections and then coming together as a full orchestra,” he said.

Mr Sharp said the attendees have been pushed out of their comfort zones and showed improvement with their music.

"It's something to do on the weekends and it's great for their brains to think the music through,” he said.

VOX 3:
NEW SOUNDS: "There's lots of different instruments that you don't have in the school band and you get to meet lots of new people." -Liam Cullen, trombone (South Burnett Community Young Orchestra workshops) Jessica McGrath

Two more workshops will run this year on August 3 and September 7, before finishing with a free concert on October 26.

The young orchestra will also join the South Burnett Community Orchestra for a special performance on September 14.