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Jethro Carthew, 11 and Mark Hough, 15 – drummers at Clarence Valley Conservatorium – top 10 in Australia’s Best Up and Coming Drummer competition.
Jethro Carthew, 11 and Mark Hough, 15 – drummers at Clarence Valley Conservatorium – top 10 in Australia’s Best Up and Coming Drummer competition. Adam Hourigan

JETHRO Carthew and Mark Hough had plenty to smile about this week, as both boys made it through to the top 10 of Australia's Best Up and Coming Drummer Event.

Both boys started playing drums in the South Grafton Public School Band Program and by all appearances the program has turned into something of a hot-bed for rising young talent.

Having been identified as students capable of excellence, both boys are also attending the Clarence Valley Conservatorium.

Jethro took up the drums four years ago.

He was originally going to learn the trumpet but the school did not have a spot.

"So I ended up playing drums instead," he said.

"I was definitely very happy with the decision in the end."

Mark Hough meanwhile has been playing the drums for five years and the boys share the same teacher, Peter Jaggle.

"Mr Jaggle is a great teacher, definitely the best," Jethro said.

"Yeah, he's insane," Mark said.

"But the good insane," Jethro joked.

The two boys have formed quite a good friendship through drumming and Mark will often talk to Jethro about new pieces he is learning.

Director of the Clarence Valley Conservatorium Gaye Harlow said she was proud of both boys and their achievements.

"It's a great result for the (Clarence Valley) Conservatorium and especially for their teacher, Peter Jaggle," she said.

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