TAFE provides relay soundtrack
By Lauretta Godbee
Students from the Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Music course at Grafton College of TAFE will be sharing the billing with some very different artists at the Cancer Council's Relay for Life in Grafton next month.
The students are co-ordinating the entertainment program for the 24-hour relay event, with plenty of modern pop music plus a range of artists from classical vocalists to old time easy-listening bands, children's dance ensembles and a guest appearance by country star Col Finley.
Student spokesman Mylene Erueti said the students had taken on organising the Relay for Life entertainment package as part of the management content in their course.
"It's an effort that will involve about 10 of our people, hundreds of hours of volunteer work and the use of thousands of dollars worth of sound equipment,'' Ms Erueti said.
"Students from the technical team in the Certificate Four course will be helping. It will be one of the biggest events which we have helped to stage.''
The Relay for Life, on October 15-16 at Jabour Park in South Grafton, comes at a busy time for course participants, working to- wards the release of their group CD.
The CD launch will take place at an open air concert in Grafton's Market Square, on Jacaranda Wednesday, November 2, at 5.30pm.
"Weve been involved in gigs to raise money for Jeans for Genes Day at the TAFE, and at the TAFE and local hotels to raise money for the CD launch, ... and we have been to Brisbane to have masters for the CD cut at a mastering studio there,'' Ms Erueti said.
Course members performed, stage managed and ran sound for the Ulmarra River Festival activities in Ulmarra last weekend.
''What makes it even more interesting, I don't think any of our course members actually live in Grafton,'' Ms Erueti said.
Surrounding areas will be well represented, too, in the teams taking part in this year's Relay for Life event. Nominations so far include groups from Maclean, Braunstone, Waterview Heights and Coutts Crossing.
Early bird nominations, at $11 per team member, close on September 29.
Registration forms are available in Grafton at Ray White Real Estate; in Maclean at The Daily Examiner-Coastal Views office, or information and nomination forms are available through Carolyn Forbes at the Cancer Council, phone 66811933.