Music students sell out town hall

Michael Traill and Daryna ZadvirnaNarrogin Observer
Foxborough student Ehrun Omuemu and Hale School Philip Baxendale.
Camera IconFoxborough student Ehrun Omuemu and Hale School Philip Baxendale. Credit: Michael Traill

A once-in-a-lifetime trip Down Under for a group of US music students has come to an end.

Forty-three Foxborough High School students farewelled Australia this week after joining 40 Hale School students on Saturday, playing in front of a sold-out Narrogin Town Hall crowd for their Boston to the Bush performance.

Foxborough High School music teacher Bobby Glynn said the trip was made possible by the fundraising efforts of the entire Foxborough community. The town is 40 minutes outside of Boston.

“The whole town really came together, they wanted it to happen, they saw it as an excellent opportunity and pulled resources from every nook and cranny to make this a reality for the students,” he said.

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Narrogin was the last stop on Foxborough’s Australian itinerary after visiting Sydney, Perth and Fremantle in the lead-up to the Boston to the Bush concert.

“You could ask any one of the students, they’ll have some sort of life-changing event over the course of the last two weeks,” Mr Glynn said.

Foxborough student Ehrun Omuemu said the Australian stay had been a special experience and she wished all her friends could do the same.

Hale School student Philip Baxendale joined his American counterparts in Narrogin

“We were all really blown away by Foxborough’s music program and how intense it was,” he said.

The US music students were also treated to a welcome to country by the Narrogin Primary School students and NAIDOC Week elder of the year Basil Kickett.

Mr Kickett shared the stage with didgeridoo player Ross Storey and 12 students, singing a welcome song called Wandjoo.

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