The famous musical brothers John and James Morrison did a workshop with the Roma community band on Tuesday night. Their tour around the Maranoa is a lead up to the upcoming Swingin' Utes festival.
The famous musical brothers John and James Morrison did a workshop with the Roma community band on Tuesday night. Their tour around the Maranoa is a lead up to the upcoming Swingin' Utes festival.

Famous brothers share skills with Maranoa students

STUDENTS and local bands across the region enjoyed a very special visit last week.

They were delighted to welcome famous musical brothers John and James Morrison.

Percussionist John Morrison ran workshops with students and community bands across the region on Monday and Wednesday.

He was joined on Tuesday by his trumpet-playing brother.

James Morrison said they were workshopping with local bands in the lead up to the Swingin' Utes festival on July 13.

"Apart from the Show and Shine, the ute muster, Troy Cassar-Daley and the Queensland Youth Orchestra Big Band, we also want to showcase local bands," Mr Morrison said.

"That's what we are doing here. The bands which we're working with will be performing at the festival."

The Morrison brothers worked with music students from Roma State College, St Johns, Mitchell State School, Surat State School, Wallumbilla State School and Yuleba State School.

They also completed workshops with the Maranoa Symphonic Wind Band and the Maranoa Stage Band and gave them some tips on improving their sound.

James Morrison said preparing for the Swingin' Utes festival should help all the ensembles to step up to the next level.

"I think people really like it when they have something to aim towards," Mr Morrison said.

"There will be a lot more practice happening in the coming months, I can tell you!"

Mr Morrison said the concert would feature a special event with Troy Casser-Daley performing with the QYO big band.

"Between the music and the cars, hopefully they'll be something there for everyone," Mr Morrison said. He thanked the Maranoa Council for their support with the festival and with bringing his brother and himself out for the workshops.


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