Katherine High School has improved its music education program with the the purchase of a new electric drum kit and a public amplifier.
The school's modest music education budget was recently furnished by a $3000 Yamaha Great Start Grant which allowed for the new purchases.
The new drums are in addition to a set on loan from the NT Music School, while the amplifier is allowing students to express their music using premier technology.
Music teacher Clare Gorton said the school's music program had been revolutionised.
"The drum kit is probably the most used item in the music room," she said.
"This upgrade has many settings for practice and self-guided training, and multiple students can use the drums quietly with headphones connected.
"The public amplifier ensures students - especially those undertaking senior music subjects - can rehearse, record, and perform using professional quality equipment.
"Ahead of the Territory Day video competition, two students are simultaneously playing the drums for a rendition of Black Rock Band's Family," Ms Gorton said.
Katherine High School has had six entries into this year's Battle of the School Bands competition.
Alienation was one of the school's notable bands many years ago. Duo performers Leon Jones and Phoebe Hooper created profound original songs and were two-time entrants to the Battle of the School Bands.
Year 11 student, Ashton Wilson said the new music equipment from Yamaha has made him feel more confident as a musician.
"As a senior student, this gives my classmates and I the opportunities to do more things such as public performances and make professional-quality recordings," he said.
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