50 Days and 50 Ways – #36


Ongoing support for the fledgling William Duncan State School “Elite Music Program”

In 2014, we were asked to provide foundation support for a program in Highland Park in conjunction with William Duncan State School. The school’s Principal, Landon Dare, is always on the lookout for ways to enhance the standing of his school in the area and deliver the best possible outcomes for students.

On this occasion, Landon and his team devised an Elite Music Program, and sought the support of my office for a perpetual trophy and ongoing advocacy. In 2014, our first program was awarded and the momentum has continued with a prize awarded in 2015 as well. In late 2015 I was proud to provide the Elite Music Program with an opportunity for a workshop with one of the experienced and entertaining performers from the Festival of Small Halls.

starboard cannons at wdss

The Starboard Cannons, a three piece Australiana-folk outfit, who toured Queensland with the sensational award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Irish Mythen, showed their talent off and also worked closely with string instrument students, inspiring them with a little tuition and some performance tips. The Starboard Cannons went on to not only support this local school but performed this beautiful song in the Mudgeeraba Light Horse Museum, commemorating the horses lost at the conclusion of World War 1.

Schools like William Duncan State School, who have unique programs like this, serving the local community deserve ongoing support and my commitment is to continue to identify and support programs just like this in local schools. In particular, William Duncan State School’s Elite Music Program is being delivered for the benefit of the school community and locals should Vote 1 Tozer on March 19 to see that support and strategic advocacy continue.

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