Monthly Archives: August 2014

Australian National Busking Championships – Camping!


Cooma Showgrounds available for camping

Cooma Showgrounds available for camping

Cooma Showgrounds will be available for camping at the Australian National Busking Championships. Donna at the Cooma Visitors Centre has just confirmed that the Cooma Showgrounds will be available for anyone wanting to camp or bring a motorhome or caravan.They have powered and unpowered sites as well as a shower and toilet block.
Camping Sites are:

  • $22 per night powered and
  • $12 per night unpowered.

It would have to be booked though the Cooma Visitors Centre.
Book your site by contacting the Cooma Visitors Centre: 1800 636 525 freecall) or email:

CASIO – LK120 Lighting Keyboard

The Casio LK120 is a great introduction into the world of music with it’s light up keys that let you follow the lights as you learn!
 Just $199.95

LK120 - $199.95

LK120 – $199.95

•61 Full Sized Keys
•Key Lighting System
•12 Note Polyphony
•100 Tones
•50 Rhythms
•3-Step Lesson System
•100 Built in Tunes
•Adaptor included
•KBST03 – Single Brace Keyboard Stand

•KBB61 – Keyboard Baglk120_close


Shop 2, here Parkview Arcade, 123 Sharp Street,
Cooma, NSW 2630
PHONE: 02 6452 6067
FAX: 02 6452 4938


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Casio Keyboards – SA mini keys series


Casio is the number one selling brand of domestic portable keyboards and digital pianos in Australia. Since 1957 Casio has been a world leader in digital technology.

The Casio brand has always beeen associated with quality, information pills
innovation and affordability.


The SA46 & SA76 keyboards is a great fun way for your children to get involved in music for the first time. With mini keys for small hands and lots of fun sounds and rhythms to play with, mind
your children will love these keyboards!


SA46  $59.95

SA46 $59.95


  • 32 Mini Sized Keys
  • 8 Note Polyphony
  • 100 Tones
  • 50 Rhythms
  • 10 Built in Tunes
  • Drum Pad
  • 2 Digit LCD Display
  • 44.6 X 20.8 X 5.1 cm

(Adaptor not included)

  • AD95 – 9.5V Adaptor
  • SBA – Casio Beginners Book


SA76 $89.95

SA76 $89.95



• 44 mini keys
• 8 note polyphony
• 100 tones
• 50 play-along tracks
• 5 drum pads
• 10 practice pieces
• Melody-off function
• Piano or organ sound
• LCD display
• Input and output: headphones

(Adaptor not included)


• AD95 – 9.5V Adaptor
• SBA – Casio Beginners Book

A Huge Success for Cooma Music Competition – The Results

Allan & Leslie Spencer with Marian Budos

Allan & Leslie Spencer with Marian Budos

The Cooma Music Competition was a huge succes. This was the ninth year for this event.

There were over 50 items performed during the day time heats which had a total of 15 catagories which cover a huge range of ages, order instruments and musical genres. Over the 6 hours of performance, troche the contestants gave their all. The winners of their heats were then invited back to perform in the finals concert held at St Paul’s Anglican Parish hall in the evening.
This year, Marian Budos came from Canberra to be our judge for the competition. Mr Budos is the head of the music department at Alfred Deakin High School in Canberra. He was until recently, the president of Canberra Youth Music which has over 5,000 children participating in various music ensembles including the Canberra Youth Orchestra, James McCusker Orchestra, Canberra Youth Jazz Orchestra, plus many other concert bands and choirs. Mr Budos is also an internationally recognized composer and classical guitarist. He has been judging for our Cooma Music Competition and the Australian National Busking Championships for many years.



All the winners of their heats receive a special medal

Kai Bakker, won the Solo Piano Secondary Heat plus the Peter de Jager Piano Prize

Kai Bakker, won the Solo Piano Secondary Heat plus the Peter de Jager Piano Prize

  • Solo Piano – Primary: Ella Mrsic
  • Solo Piano – Secondary: Kai Bakker
  • Solo Strings – Primary: Ella Mrsic
  • Solo Woodwind – Secondary: Caitlyn Ventura
  • Small Instrumental Ensemble – Primary: GuitarBOTs – Brenna Clayton, Olo Brademann & Troy Rees
  • Solo Classical Guitar – Primary: Brenna Clayton
  • Solo Classical Guitar – Secondary: Brunum Brunum Brademann
  • Small Instrumental Ensemble – Secondary: String Quartet – Craysha Coote, Emma Ventura, Caitlyn Ventura, Sarah Ventura
  • Contemporary Guitar: Ben Turner-Mann
  • Solo Voice – Primary: Georgia Knowles
  • Solo Voice – Secondary: Mae Walker
  • Solo Voice – Open: Matt Charlesworth
  • Group Voice – Secondary: Branscomb Twins – Emily & Kelsey Branscomb
  • Group Voice – Open: Alice Plumb & Matilda Lawler
  • Original Composition – Secondary: Alice Tame
  • Original Composition – Open: Alice Plumb


  • Frank Scott Music Award (Trophy plus $50 cash) – Caitlyn Ventura
  • Russell & Jackie Fox Music Award (Trophy plus $50 cash) – Matt Charlesworth
  • P D Murphy Award for Strings (Trophy plus $50 cash) – James Hines
  • Peter de Jager Piano Prize (Trophy plus $200 cash) – Kai Bakker
  • Narrawong Classical Guitar Award (Trophy plus $200 cash) – Burnum Burnum Brademann
  • Ron Cox Music Award (Trophy plus $100 cash) – Tim Cooke
  • Award for Original Composition (Trophy plus $50 cash) – Alice Plumb
  • Peoples Choice Award (Trophy plus $100 cash) – Mae Walker


Jindy Idol 2014 – Saturday 20 September

Cooma Music Competition – Timetable (Click below):


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6:30pm, pharmacy Saturday 20 September at the Jindabyne Memorial Hall

Entry Form:

Jindy Idol 2014 Entry Form

Anyone, epidemic
of any age, with a talent for performance (song, dance, acting, comedy, juggling, etc) is encouraged to enter


Anyone, of any age, with a talent for performance (song, dance, acting, comedy, juggling, etc) is encouraged to enter


Winners will share in $1000 in cash prizes!


jindy idol 2014 posterThe names of all group members must be included on the entry form. One person per group should nominate to be the point-of-contact, and this person must complete the contact information. Be sure to include the details of your act, e.g., type of act, number of people, and any other relevant details. Feel free to add an additional page as needed.

The entry fees for Jindy Idol are as follows:

  • $20 for individual acts
  • $30 for duos
  • $40 for acts of three or more

Entries close on Friday 12 September. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Entry forms are available at, and can be returned to, the following locations:

  • Cooma School of Music
  • Cooma Visitor Information Centre
  • Design and Detail, Town Centre, Jindabyne
  • Kosciusko First National Real Estate, Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne
  • Kosciuszko National Park Visitor Information Centre, Jindabyne
  • Snowprint Bookshop, Snowy River Ave., Jindabyne

All contestants must attend a sound check / rehearsal on Friday 19 September at the Jindabyne Memorial Hall from 4 – 7pm

  • Jindy Idol is open to performers of all ages
  • Performances should run for approximately three (3) minutes
  • Every member of the group must be included on the entry form
  • Acts of more than four people are asked to contact the committee for more information
  • Contestants are responsible for supplying their own props and instruments; microphones will be provided; there is a grand piano on-sight
  • Basic sound and lighting will be provided by the organizers
  • All entries are subject to review by the organizers for suitability
  • Jindy Idol is a family event – there will be children present, so design your act accordingly

Entries are limited. First-in, best-dressed, no exceptions.

All proceeds benefit the Tim Draxl Performing Arts Fund,

supporting young performing artists from the Snowy River Shire

Cooma Music Competition 2014 – 17th August

Click Below for Entry Form:

Entry Form Cooma Music Competition 2014


Awards & Cash Prizes to be won

Awards & Cash Prizes to be won

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cialis sans-serif;”>Cooma Music Competition 2014, adiposity now in its ninth year, will provide an opportunity for musicians of all ages and skills to perform and compete. We hope this competition will be as inclusive as possible. The competition will be open to all instruments and voice. Although the competition will be conducted by Cooma School of Music, all musicians are welcome to perform.

Entry is open to all.

Heats will comence at 12 noon on Sunday 17th August

A timetable of Heats and Competitors will be sent to all the participants before the day.

The winners of the heats will then be invited to perform in a Finals Concert that will then be held on the same day in the evening starting at 7pm. Time allowing, specially invited guests (non- competitors) will also be invited to perform in the Finals Concert.


Venue: St Pauls Anglican Church Hall, 136 Commissioner Street, Cooma NSW 2630


Performers for this concert will be drawn from the winners of the heats as well as invited guest performers.

The major sections will be:

  1. Solo (unaccompanied or accompanied). Solos may be accompanied by a pianist or a guitarist, or other musician or CD backing track. Performers may organize their own accompanist or a piano accompanist will available at the hall if required. (However, please indicate on your entry form if you will need to be provided with an accompanist). CD backing tracks (“Play-along”) will be accepted by prior arrangement.
  2. Small Instrumental Ensembles-any instrumental combination up to and including 6 players.
  3. Large Instrumental Ensembles-any instrumental combination over 6 players.
  4. Vocal Groups-including small to large choirs.
  5. Rock Groups-includes all styles. (eg Country, Blues, Jazz, Alternative, etc)
  6. Original Composition – A Song or Instrumental Item-(any style)

Each major section will be subdivided into 3 age groups:

  1. Primary-primary school aged
  2. Secondary-secondary school aged
  3. Open

If there are not enough competitors in the younger age groups, younger players may be invited to compete in an older age group.

The Solos section will also be divided into types of instrument if possible.

These instrumental sub-categories will be:

  • Piano/Keyboard
  • Classical Guitar
  • Modern Guitar (Steel string, acoustic or electric)
  • Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass)
  • Woodwind & Brass
  • Drums
  • Singing
  • Miscellaneous (any musical instruments not listed above. For example, harmonica, bagpipes, mandolin, banjo, harp, etc)
  • Original Composition (A song or instrumental item)

If there are not enough competitors in any of the heats , performers may be invited to compete in a heat of another instrumental sub-category.

All competitors will receive a Certificate of Participation. Winners of their heats will receive awards.

We will be happy to accept donations and assistance from businesses and individuals to make this competition possible.

We welcome any comments or advice that may help make this competition an exciting and useful event.


  • Narrawong Classical Guitar Award - Trophy & $200 cash
  • Peter de Jager Piano Prize - Trophy & $200 cash
  • Ron Cox Music Award _Vocal - Trophy & $100 cash
  • Frank Scott Music Award _Woodwind, Brass or Drums   - Trophy & $50 cash
  • Russell & Jackie Fox Music Award  - Trophy & $50 cash
  • Strings Award_Violin, Viola,  Cello or Double Bass –  Trophy & $50 cash
  • The People’s Choice Award - Trophy & $100 cash

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Cooma Rotary Club backs the Australian National Busking Championships

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It’s official!
The Australian National Busking Championships have joined forces with the Cooma Rotary Club.
In a special meeting this morning we shook hands on a partnership which will secure a bright future for this wonderful community based event.
So keep Saturday 1st November 2014 free in your diaries because it’s going to be an awesome day of busking, medicine music, read more fun and prizes in Cooma NSW!

Busking and Rotary