Experience for young contestants

The Childers State School Concert Band at the eisteddfod in Maryborough yesterday.
The Childers State School Concert Band at the eisteddfod in Maryborough yesterday. Nat Bromhead

YOUNG Simone Manski and Connor Cockerton were excited and nervous before their performance at the Queensland Eisteddfod Fraser Coast yesterday.

The past three months have been spent in preparation for the event which featured more than 500 performers, including Simone and Connor from Childers State School.

Conductor Peter Pagett was over the moon with the band’s dedication.

“I’m so proud of them,” he said.

“They have worked so hard.”

While the grade seven students may be focused on winning their division, Mr Pagett is level headed.

“It’s all about the stage experience,” he said.

“It doesn’t matter if we win but that we learn from the experience.”

Simone and Connor had plenty of support with family members turning out to cheer them on.

“We car-pooled here and students were lucky to have someone here for support,” Mr Pagett said.

Childers State School performed against one other school in the Primary School Concert Band division and performed two contrasting own choice items with a time limit of 10 minutes.

The youngsters performed My Heart Will Go On, and The Man From Snowy River.

Simone had been practicing her trombone in preparation for the event and was confident about her abilities.

“I’m feeling good,” she said before the performance.

“We’re going to knock them down!”

As guitarist and band captain, Connor was more modest.

“We’ve got a 50/50 chance of winning,” he said beforehand.

That 50/50 chance did not fall the right way on the day for Childers State School, as the students finished second.

But Mr Pagett was proud all the same.

“They did a great job and learnt a lot from the experience.”

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