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Hume alive with the sound of music
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Groove Warehouse owner Gary France will give visitors a chance to immerse themselves in drumming and
percussion at an open day this Saturday.
Photo: Daniel Spellman
Have you ever wanted to learn to play
the steel drums? Or join a marching
drumline? Or embrace your inner
rock star by learning how to drum
along to your favourite songs?
The Groove Warehouse,
Canberra s newest music education
powerhouse, is welcoming aspiring
drummers of all ages and abilities to
sign up for classes with a new term
starting this month.
"People begin learning here from a
very young age -- our youngest
student is six months old and our
oldest students are in their seventies.
For example, we have adult drum kit
classes, and so many older people say
that learning to play a drum kit has
always been on their bucket list,"
Groove Warehouse owner Gary
The former ANU School of Music
professor started Groove Warehouse
after he recognised a need for
recreational and educational drum
and percussion at an affordable price.
"Our form of tuition is modelled
on dance schools. It s very unique --
it completely changes the entire
paradigm of how people learn
music," he said.
The Groove Warehouse hosts
drum and percussion classes for just
$16 a lesson.
"I m acutely aware of how hard it
is for families to have music tuition
for multiple children. A lot of
families are priced right out of the
market with two or three kids that
want to have lessons.
This allows a lot more access to
music tuition and music
performance," Mr France said.
The warehouse also offers
innovative drumming birthday
parties for all ages, speciality
workshops and holiday programs.
The performance and social
aspects of music are also a huge
focus at the Groove Warehouse.
"People love the socialisation, of
making music with other people, so
all of our classes are about making
music and learning," Mr France said.
The Groove Warehouse was
custom-designed by Mr France and
located in the industrial hub of
Hume; its space includes a specialist
pro drum shop, a drummers
lounge where patrons can relax
between classes and an upstairs
Drumnasium packed with every
kind of drum and percussion
instrument imaginable plus the entire
space is disability accessible.
The Groove Warehouse will hold
an open day this Saturday from 10am
to 4pm. Visit the premises at 5/1
Sawmill Circuit in Hume to
experience interactive drumming at
For more information, phone
6260 2847 or visit
WOMEN IN BUSINESS
a crucial role
Member for Canberra
Before I entered politics, I ran a micro
business from home for 10 years.
It was incredibly rewarding,
incredibly challenging and, at times,
incredibly lonely particularly when I
navigated through user-unfriendly
government websites late at night just
days before the new financial year.
I know a thank you and a bit of
recognition goes a long way in
boosting a business person s
For more than 20 years, I ve been a
big fan of the Telstra business
women s awards.
As the founding co-chairwoman of
the Parliamentary Friends of Small
Business, I m met highly successful
owners -- particularly from the ACT --
who came to Parliament House to talk
about their journey.
So it was wonderful to hear that 15
ACT businesses are finalists in this
year s awards. As a vocal supporter of
the shop local campaign, it s important
to acknowledge the achievements of
our homegrown talent.
After all, small businesses account
for 47 percent of private sector
employment in the ACT and
contribute in excess of $330 billion to
our GDP each year.
Wishing you all the best for the
2015 ACT Telstra Business of the Year
announcement this Friday.
Remember Canberra, shop local to
keep ACT businesses like these
thriving and employing.
Congratulations to all the winners.
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