Schoolyard Blues Rock Broadbeach

NEEKAH STRICKLAND

The sun was shining bright this morning and excitement was in the air as Griffith University’s Schoolyard Blues scheme rocked on in Victoria Park, Broadbeach.

School students from all over the Gold Coast eagerly waited for their allocated 20-minute set this morning.

102.9 Hot Tomato radio presenter David ‘Christo’ Christopher opened the program.

“Schoolyard Blues started over three years ago at Blues on Broadbeach and gives schools around South East Queensland the opportunity to engage in a real performance experience,” he said.

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Trinity College senior rock band. Photo: Risako Asahi

At 9:45am, Trinity Lutheran College’s senior Big Band took to the stage and performed a range of well renowned selections, finishing with Toto’s ‘Africa’.

The crowd of parents, supporters and passers-by joined in and clapped in time to the school band’s infectious beat.

Trinity Lutheran’s second act was from their rock band and they played two different pieces: Amy Winehouse’s ‘Valerie’ and Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ ‘Dani California’.

Last but not least, Trinity’s singing and dancing girl group “Fusion” performed The Andrew’s Sisters ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’ in breath-taking 1950s costumes.

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Guardian Angels Primary Band. Photo: Risako Asahi

Guardian Angels Primary School was next on the program, with over 20 pupils taking to the outside stage.

The primary school students rehearse once a week and play at school assemblies most Friday mornings.

It was near impossible to not tap your toes to the beat as they performed Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ and Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About that Bass’.

Schoolyard Blues is on till 1:55pm today and will feature more SE Queensland schools, including Aquinas College, Kingston State College, Nerang High Funk Band and Franciscan College’s Rock Band.

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