On Monday 29 March we were very privileged to host Mark Walton for music workshops and a concert. Mark teaches twelve Coonabarabran High School students via Skype every week during lunch times and on Monday these students, together with three saxophone students in Years 7 and 8 were able to have face-to-face lessons with him. The students who have lessons with him every week are Monique Bragg, Alexander McWhirter, Sam Bowman, Riley Fleming, Declan Eshman, Caleb Smith, Luke Richards, Bree O’Neill, Clover Hippisley, Megan Hain, Ellah Bowmaker and Claire Butcher. During the lessons, Mark worked on specific repertoire with the students. Ella Atkinson, Hudson Thornhill and Beth Underwood are currently learning saxophone in Class Band and were privileged to have a 25-minute lesson with Mark, working on the basic techniques of saxophone playing.
Coonabarabran High School Music students have been exceptionally privileged this year. Despite all the difficulties associated with Covid-19 and our rural location, students have been able to make excellent progress in Music as a result of some wonderful teachers in New South Wales and Tasmania.