Tannum Sands State High year 12 student and flute and tuba player Briana Braithwaite and Gladstone State High year 11 student and trumpet player Sam Duckham were thrilled to play with the QSO at the GECC this week.
Tannum Sands State High year 12 student and flute and tuba player Briana Braithwaite and Gladstone State High year 11 student and trumpet player Sam Duckham were thrilled to play with the QSO at the GECC this week. Paul Braven

Orchestra musos inspire high school students

FOR budding musos Sam Duckham and Briana Braithwaite, a visit from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra made their love for instruments even stronger.

Sam, a year 11 student and band captain at Gladstone State High, plays the trumpet and year 12 Tannum Sands State High student Briana plays the flute and tuba.

They were part of the 200 strong student body from four high schools that participated in workshops by the QSO this week.

Sam, who has been to every QSO workshop held in Gladstone, said his love for the trumpet dated back to when he was 10.

"My dad is a musical instrument teacher and he told me to play an instrument," he said.

"Mum said to play the trumpet as it only has three fingers but it's a lot harder than it sounds.

"But it is fun and you can really get into it."

Sam has asthma, but that hasn't stopped him.

"I was born with asthma but it hasn't held me back," he said. "I have learnt to train my breath. It's actually helped my asthma."

Briana plays the flute, tuba and piccolo and plans on pursuing a serious career in music starting with Griffith University next year.

She loves her tuba, although said it was a pain to carry around an instrument that weighed 22kg in its case.



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