Mountains students selected in State Wind Bands

Katoomba High students Jim Schoeler (trumpet), Jake Campbell (French horn) and Olivia Anderson (clarinet): All selected in the NSW Education Department's bands.
Katoomba High students Jim Schoeler (trumpet), Jake Campbell (French horn) and Olivia Anderson (clarinet): All selected in the NSW Education Department's bands.

Three Mountains students have been selected to play in the State Wind Band at a special Opera House concert in July.

Katoomba High year 7 musicians Jake Campbell and Olivia Anderson, along with Winmalee High's Lilianna Baran, will take to the stage in the 60-strong ensemble.

Jim Schoeler, in Year 10 at Katoomba High, has already performed - with the State Stage Band. Jim started his music with the cornet but has switched to the trumpet. He's following in the footsteps of his father, who is also a brass player.

Jake is also following family - he has taken up the French horn, an instrument his mum used to play. He will be playing with the Senior State Wind Band.

Olivia, a clarinettist, is a veteran, having played with the State Wind Band last year. Winmalee student Lilianna also plays the clarinet. They will play with the Junior State Wind Band.

Katoomba High music teacher Robert Campbell said the students were excited at the opportunity.

"It's really, really good. It's fantastic for them to get involved."

The State Wind Bands provide an opportunity for talented students in NSW Public Schools to perform in a state ensemble under the direction of professional conductors.

A spokeswoman for the Education Department said: "It is a wonderful opportunity for these students to perform with other talented students under the instruction of gifted conductors and tutors.

"They perform challenging music in a special venue - the Sydney Opera House. This program extends the students beyond their school experience."

The concerts, in late July, are part of the NSW Department of Education Festival of Instrumental Music.