I was so pleased with our student community at the annual Pacific Valley Music night, which was held on the evening of August 10 at the Yamba Bowling Club.
It was wonderful to see so many family and friends filling up the auditorium. The night featured performances from our primary school classes who each performed a variety of numbers. The outfits were cool and singing was fun. Our Year 7 & 8 Bucket Band brought a thunderous sound. The band was composed of 20 students playing every-day buckets with drumsticks, nine children on floor toms and three students on drum kits. The final number combined the booming sound of the drums with heavily distorted guitars for a metal delight.
There were a variety of contemporary bands on the night including the Year 7 and 8 rock band and our Year 9 and 10 music class. The groups performed seven contemporary praise and worship songs in total and featured some of our talented singers such as Amy Dransfield, Kayli Ohlmus, Hannah Blair, Gabrielle Johnston, Kiara Foster, Alia Foster, and Isabelle Dransfield. There was also a sensational beat box performance by the one and only Joel Vestergard.
The highlight of the evening was our Music Extension student Sam Cashman who performed his three HSC pieces and an original composition. Sam performed Fantasie by Leopold Weiss, Donna Lee by Charlie Parker, What about me by the Jazz fusion group Snarky Puppy, and Echeos by Nick and Sam. The rhythms were fast and furious and left the audience amazed as the band shredded with Sam wielding his axe. Sam has been a tremendous blessing to our school and will be missed greatly after he graduates this year. We pray God continues to bless Him in his musical endeavours.
It was a fantastic evening of music! I would like to thank all parents for their support for the Pacific Valley school of music. We will continue to encourage our students to develop their God given gifts to bless our world.