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15 June, 2022

Success for musicians

A TEAM of 40 instrumentalists from Atherton State High School took the stage at Cairns Performing Arts Centre over the weekend, competing against some of the most prestigious concert bands in the region for the second heat of Fanfare.


Atherton State High School competed at the second heat of Fanfare on Sunday.
Atherton State High School competed at the second heat of Fanfare on Sunday.

Fanfare is an open competition for state school bands across Queensland to go head-to head and show off their skills. 

Although they didn’t take out the gold, this was Atherton High’s first time reaching this level of the competition, giving the school a sense of pride. 

After hosting the first heat a few weeks ago against other schools on the Tablelands, the Atherton band successfully made it to the next rounds against Cairns schools.

Playing at Division 1 means students are playing at one of the highest levels as a band – the same level as Cairns High Symphony Orchestra, who won on the day.

Atherton State High School concert band competed at the second regional heat of Fanfare on Sunday.
Atherton State High School concert band competed at the second regional heat of Fanfare on Sunday.

Conductor Lachlan Szery said he was proud of the band’s performance and was thrilled to be there with his students every step of the way. 

“We competed against three other concert bands like ourselves, a big band, a symphony orchestra, a percussion ensemble and a string ensemble,” he said. 

“I am very proud of everyone, and they all did an amazing job.”

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