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Budding young musicians hit the stage at Byron Farmers Market

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There will be a special appearance at Byron Farmers Market tomorrow morning! Along with the freshest locally-grown produce, the market will feature the next generation of budding local musicians as the Byron Bay Public School bands take centre stage.
The bands, which include the senior band, the intermediate band, and a very new beginner band, will perform two sets at the northern end of the market, under the fig tree, between 8am and 9am.
Band coordinator Ray Moynihan says, ‘It’s such a pleasure for me to be able to help bring two great local institutions together – Byron Bay Public School and Byron Farmers Market – to celebrate the music-making of the next generation.’
According to Ray, the senior band has been playing together for several years and is very polished, while the beginner band, which includes students as young as eight years old, was only formed in April.
Byron Farmers Market has been a long-time supporter of local musicians, with two acts appearing at the market every Thursday morning and one at Bangalow every Saturday morning. But tomorrow’s performance will be extra special.
Market manager, Tom Carey says it is a great opportunity to give young local musicians a chance to perform in front of a supportive audience and get their music out to the public.
‘We love having music at the markets and will always support local acts, so it made perfect sense to support the school bands and our local young musicians,’ says Tom. ‘We are really looking forward to having the schoolkids here.’
Ray says the important role music plays in young lives cannot be underestimated.
‘Learning an instrument as a child can be a passport to a lifetime of pleasure,’ he says. ‘Seeing the concentration, the determination and the connection among band members at such a young age is phenomenal.’
The band program at Byron Bay Public School is run in collaboration with the Northern Rivers Conservatorium of Music with band leader and multi-instrumentalist, Nic Campbell.
Over 40 students will take part in the performance at the market tomorrow, playing everything from flute, clarinet and saxophone to trombone, bass guitar and drums. Don’t miss it!

Byron Farmers Market is held every Thursday from 7-11am at Butler St Reserve and Bangalow Farmers Market is every Saturday from 7-11am behind the Bangalow pub.

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