Rock and pop awards make positive impact

Drummer Griffin Ford teaches pupil Daniel Jobbins (13) the basics of drumming
Drummer Griffin Ford teaches pupil Daniel Jobbins (13) the basics of drumming
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Sponsors backing the West Suffolk Schools Rock and Pop Awards have hailed the event for its positive impact on students.

The big awards event at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds on February 27 follows two months of music workshops at schools in West Suffolk.

Pop band Polar Collective have been touring schools with Sam Robson from Industry Education in Music since Christmas.

John Nice, spokesman for main sponsor Easton and Otley College, said it was proud to be supporting the event.

He said: “This is the second year we have been associated with this excellent competition that really seems to make a really positive impression with the students involved.

“From our point of view, it’s great that the young people who participate in this project are encouraged to be creative and make music.

“And although we don’t teach music at Easton and Otley College, every one of our courses encourages our learners to be creative.

“Around 15 percent of people who study at Easton and Otley College are from West Suffolk and we find that this project helps us reach out to potential students in this part of the county, in a fun and engaging way.

“We would definitely like to be involved in the competition next year.”

The event is also being sponsored by the County Music Service, the Lead Organisation of the Suffolk Music Hub.

Awards on the night will be sponsored by West Suffolk College, Music Sales and Frames Conservatories Direct Ltd.