KHS to a different beat

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The purchase of a new electric drum kit and a public amplifier has dramatically altered the soundscape at Katherine High School.

The change has been spurred by a $3000 Yamaha Great Start Grant, topping up a modest music education budget.

The new drums are in addition to a set on loan from the NT Music School. The amplifier is allowing students to express their music using premier technology.

Music teacher Clare Gorton said the school’s music program had been revolutionised.

“The drum kit is probably the most used item in the music room,” she said. “This upgrade has many settings for practice and self-guided training, and multiple students can use the drums quietly with headphones connected.

“The public amplifier ensures students – especially those undertaking senior music subjects – can rehearse, record, and perform using professional quality equipment.

“Ahead of the Territory Day video competition, two students are simultaneously playing the drums for a rendition of Black Rock Band’s Family.”

Year 11 student, Ashton Wilson, said the new music equipment from Yamaha has made him feel more confident as a musician.

“As a senior student this gives my classmates and I opportunities to do more things, such as public performances and make professional-quality recordings,” he said.

Katherine High School has six entries in this year’s Battle of the School Bands competition.

Alienation was one of the school’s notable bands several years ago. Duo performers Leon Jones and Phoebe Hooper created profound original songs and were two-time entrants to the Battle of the School Bands.

KHS to a different beat
Year 11 student, Ashton Wilson, said the new music equipment from Yamaha has made him feel more confident as a musician.

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