Narrogin on US news and all that jazz

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
The US students ready for their long trip to Australia.
Camera IconThe US students ready for their long trip to Australia.

Narrogin is set to be broadcast to the furthest corner of the globe courtesy of a New England Patriot Hall of Famer and $230,000 in fundraising.

Since 2011, Hale School’s jazz and music students have travelled to Foxborough High School, just outside Boston to partner with their award-winning music program.

After the Hale School’s third trip to the US, their American counterparts were finally convinced to venture to Australia.

Hale’s co-ordinator of jazz Gavin Kerr said 43 Foxborough students would perform at his school tomorrow night, before making their way to Narrogin with 40 Hale students on Saturday.

“I thought to myself ‘what would be a really great Australian experience for them?’ and all Americans always talk about the bush,” he said.

“So I thought, why don’t we take them out into the country, a couple of parents of Hale boys have got farms.

“We’ll show them some shearing sheds and see the sheep, that kind of thing.”

The Foxborough students will join Hale students to perform at Narrogin Town Hall from 3pm. Joining the group will be a crew of videographers to capture the experience.

The footage will be sent to US broadcaster CBS Boston, where the CBS news team has been following the Foxborough students’ effort in raising money for their journey. Foxborough’s most prominent feature is Gillette Stadium, home of NFL team the New England Patriots.

Grace Light, the daughter of Patriot Hall of Fame member Matt Light, is a violinist at Foxborough High School and the family has hosted Hale students.

Matt Light appeared on a CBS Boston news segment last October, championing the school’s fundraising events and warning his fellow Americans against trying Vegemite.

NFL great Matt Light speaks about the trip to Australia
Camera IconNFL great Matt Light speaks about the trip to Australia

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