Kool Skools is a recording and multimedia project for secondary students, which invites bands and solo performers to record an album of original music in Melbourne or Sydney, complete with their own photography, graphics and written material.
Awards nights are then held in both cities to showcase the best 40-odd performances.
It’s all thanks to the funding Loddon Shire Council receives from the state government’s FreeZa program, which allocated $73,500 to Loddon for the three years to the end of 2015.
The family-friendly Pyramid Hill College fete in 2013 also featured the launch of a CD, Try This on for Size, produced in Melbourne earlier in the year by students from Boort, Wedderburn and Pyramid Hill secondary colleges.
Battle of the Bands
Other young musicians from across north-west Victoria gathered in Wedderburn in October 2013 for the Northern Country Regional Final of the 2013 Push Start Battle of the Bands.
Held at the Wedderburn town hall, the event showcased the talents of performers from Buloke, Hepburn, Macedon Ranges and Mt Alexander Shires and the cities of Ballarat and Bendigo.
A highlight for audience members was the appearance by teenage singer and songwriter Natasha Duarte, patron of Kool Skools and a multiple winner of the competition in 2008.
Natasha also performed in Loddon Shire in 2012, when she helped launch the 2012 Kool Skools CD, Along These Lines, at a concert in Boort.
For any inquiries about Council’s youth programs, phone Council's recreation officer Tony Bellenger on (03) 5494 1200.
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