One might think that to play a heavy metal instrument you need good lungs, perseverance and strong muscles, but what one doesn’t always realise is that it also develops collaborative skills and teamwork as you play together, it creates a beautiful sound (albeit on the loud side) and that it is incredibly rewarding and so much fun.  In the media items below you will see and hear how hard they work and how these students have mastered their instruments, under the careful guidance of their teacher, Wendy Armstrong.  (Editor: D. Veary)  Disclaimer: Please note that the photos and audio are not necessarily linked – the photos are just to give you some idea of the instruments and skills involved.

The brass students at Margaret River Primary School have been working on tasks in preparation for assessments. Tasks this semester include a piece by memory, scales and technical work and repertoire of varied styles. Beginners have now learnt how to produce the sound on brass instruments and are extending their range. Learning an instrument requires practice across most days of the week as this helps muscle development, stamina and expands possibilities. Recent research has discovered just how valuable formal instrumental learning is in the development of the brain. If you are interested, Google Anita Collins and “Bigger, Better Brains”.  (Teacher, Wendy Armstrong)

Year 6 Trombone – performing Campton Races

High Jinks for Brass Players in IMMS 11

Year 5 Trombone – 5 Notes


High Jinks for Brass Players in IMMS 12

Year 5 Trombone – Hot Cross Buns


High Jinks for Brass Players in IMMS 13

Year 5 Trumpet – Au Clair De La Lune

High Jinks for Brass Players in IMMS 14

Year 5 Trumpet – Hot Cross Buns

High Jinks for Brass Players in IMMS 15


Written and Photos by Wendy Armstrong; Posted by D. Veary