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Junior students busk for Don’t Stop the Music

A group of junior musicians in year five and six from Avalon Public School (APS), in Sydney’s northern beaches, decided to take the powerful message of music education to the streets by busking to raise funds for Don’t Stop the Music.

Musica Viva In Schools performs regularly at APS, with its students receiving a term’s worth of learning resources and a live performance by professional musicians each year.  The school has a very active band program which counts more than 115 players performing in four bands: Training, Concert, Senior and Stage.

‘The students are very lucky to have a very dynamic and supportive band director who takes the Stage Band busking in our local village in terms 3 and 4, with the help of some of our teachers and parents,’ says Jessica Smithard, co-president of the band program.

The Stage band is open to any students who want to explore different styles of music and improvisation. It had 16 members in 2018 playing trumpet, euphonium, flute, drums, bass guitar, saxophone, clarinet and trombone.

‘After discussion among the students there was a unanimous decision to donate a portion of the money they had raised busking to the Musica Viva In Schools program. The documentary Don't Stop the Music has stirred our band-community students and parents alike. It made the students and families feel very grateful for the music opportunities we have access to at APS and the hard work that happens to ensure the Band Program functions year in year out,’ said Jessica.

Musica Viva congratulates the musicians from APS Stage Band: Henry, Phoenix, Felix, Hamish, Ben, Aidan, Cora, Sophia, Emily, Stella, Jayden, Evie, Jake, Tim, Jonah and Tilman, and their parents and teachers, for sharing the wonderful gift of music with less advantaged children from around Australia. 

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