3 August 2018
RockCan and the Interchange Australia Music Program – By Interchange Australia Marketing Manager, Joseph Lyons
Interchange Australia is unique in the disability & aged care sector as it incorporates musical activities into a wide range of programs and events, including:
• Day options;
• Music class (encompassing music appreciation, singing, playing an instrument, stagehand and stagecraft skills);
• Rock The Houses;
• ASDESI Holiday Kids Klub;
• Social & community activities including dinner groups; and
RockCan will return to Mittagong RSL Club on Saturday 20th October 2018. Over the years, RockCan has become a much anticipated event on the local music calendar and is a showcase of the best musical talent in the southern highlands.
Each year, The Hidden Wonders, a band comprised of Interchange Australia clients, takes to the stage to perform along with other bands from the local area. RockCan continues to get bigger each year and the feedback from attendees and other bands who have performed at RockCan has been exceptional.
Prior to 2016, The Hidden Wonders would rehearse for just 10 weeks before the RockCan concert where they would perform three songs. For the past two years, the band has been rehearsing weekly under the guidance of our experienced support workers who are also very talented musicians. The introduction of the weekly rehearsals has resulted in The Hidden Wonders performing a ten song set at RockCan 2017 and being invited to play at a number of other gigs throughout the year, including Rock the Houses, dinner groups, Fri-Yay at the Mill in Bowral and International Day of People with Disability events in Nowra and Mittagong. The extra time dedicated to learning new songs, enhancing singing skills, learning to play an instrument and learning ‘roadie’ and stagecraft skills has enhanced the skills of each band member and has increased the profile of the band. The extra performances each year has also enhanced the confidence of everyone in the band.
Planning for RockCan 2018 is well underway and the Hidden Wonders are busy rehearsing some of their classic favourites along with some new songs.
If you are interested in being part of the RockCan experience in any capacity, either as a performer, volunteer or sponsor, please call 1300 112 334 or email: [email protected]
For all RockCan news and updates, please ‘like’ and ‘follow’ the RockCan Australia Facebook page or listen to the RockCan Hour on 92.5FM Youth Radio on Monday evenings between 5pm and 6pm.
If you are interested in joining our music group, the band rehearses every Monday evening at Welby Hall between 5:00pm and 7:00pm. Every rehearsal night is an open night and anyone interested in joining the Hidden Wonders are encouraged to come along and see the rehearsal firsthand. You are also very welcome to ask our band members and staff any questions you may have about the structure of our music program or about RockCan.