The “Buskers’ Blackboard” area at BAM came alive in November when 30 students and 5 teachers from Gladstone’s Independent Schools entertained crowds with a two-hour jam session.

Instrumental Music teacher Chelsea Elvery came up with the BAM jam as a way of encouraging the students to give performing a go.

“Apart from the Eisteddfod and a few performances through school, the students don’t get many opportunities to perform. This is a great way for the students to build up confidence for performing in front of an audience”, Mrs Elvery said.

The BAM jam also raised much-needed funds for the Gladstone Independent Schools Music Association (GISMA). The students are using the money they have raised from busking towards their music workshop for next year. The workshop which had been held for 19 continuous years in the Gladstone region was forced to cancel this year.

“Unfortunately, due to the rising costs of holding a workshop and a decrease in sponsorship monies, we were unable to hold this year’s workshop”, Committee member Leanne Christensen said.

“It was a shame and an extremely hard decision for the committee to make as it left so many students disappointed. The students and committee have been coming up with various fundraising methods to raise funds for next year’s workshop to ensure it proceeds”.