Students Look Set to Make Music in 2009
The breadth and depth of musical talent in the Year 12 cohort could result in four students’ acceptance into the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).
Among them are a classical cellist, who sidelines as a pianist in an emerging alternative band, a head-banging drummer inspired by Tommy Lee, a singer come trumpet player with a penchant for musical theatre and a bass guitarist, who plays rock, jazz, funk and everything in between.
TEE Music students Tim Sandhu (cello), Daniel Nazroo (drums), Ryan Alciaturi (vocal) and Sam Carew-Reid (bass) have already performed their practical TEE examinations with Tim, Daniel and Ryan also auditioning for WAAPA. However, with the TEE fast approaching there’s no time to rest on their laurels.
Director of Music Kevin Gillam said it was exceptional to have the entire class considering tertiary music courses. “Also, the talent and diversity of their musical styles is amazing and something Music staff are very proud of,” he said.
At seven-years-old, Tim was put off the violin by the sounds of his sisters’ instruments screeching. He opted for the cello and despite taking up some other instruments over the years; he has always been drawn back by its change in intonation under the guidance of his teacher Shigeru Komatsu. While Tim has auditioned for WAAPA and UWA, he hopes to study Music at the Victorian College of Arts at the University of Melbourne as well as either Computer Science or Engineering.
The first time Daniel saw Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee playing on MTV, he knew that’s what he wanted to be. He began playing the drums at 14 and over the years has thrived under the experience of teachers Thane Mandin, Warren Hall and Paul Tanner. Daniel, whose solo performance at Concert Night was a highlight for the drummer and audience, hopes to gain entry into WAAPA’s contemporary music course and continue playing with his metal band Blunt Force Trauma.
Ryan was first recognised for his singing talent in Year 6 when he was asked to be part of the St George’s Cathedral Choir. However, he has also become an accomplished trumpet player over the years after first picking up the instrument in Year 4. Over the past two years, under the tutelage of singing teacher Phil Murray, Ryan has developed a passion for Musical Theatre. Ryan said he would always remember the School’s inaugural Jazz Tour in Melbourne earlier this year.
While the boys are all hopeful of studying Music next year, Sam will be taking a year off to decide whether WAAPA or a degree in Economics is for him. In the meantime, the Year 12 student, who would like to become a producer, will be busy building a recording studio at his home. Sam cites playing in the School jazz band, jazz combo and funk band New Dog among his highlights this year. He also loved the recording sessions and rock workshop with his bass teacher Phil Bailey.