In September last year, year seven at Norton Canes High School
were asked to take part in Yamaha’s class band project.
It is a project funded by Yamaha that enables young people to
learn and play an instrument with others.
Each student is supplied
with an instrument and joins together to learn how to produce
music as a group.
After the first lesson achieved no success in getting a sound out of
the mouthpiece, the students realised that they were faced with a
lot of hard work ahead. A teacher visiting the first session commented,
“the students were keen, enthusiastic and highly motivated, however
they realised that there was a lot of practice involved.” Undeterred,
they threw themselves into learning their first two songs: ‘Jingle Bells’
and ‘Merrily We Roll Along’.
The year 8 Yamaha class band, consisting of woodwind and brass
instruments also, made a star performance in the latest Christmas
show and entertained the audience with a collection of traditional
carols. The ensemble played well known Christmas songs such as
‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’.
To see the band
together is a good indication of how much the new year sevens can
achieve in a year with their music.
Emelia, Year 9