Percussion Workshops in February 2021

Calling percussionists and those who always wanted to play percussion!

BRO are delighted to offer the Townsville musical community a unique opportunity to work with professional percussionist, Wyana O’Keeffe in a series of workshops designed to equip instrumentalists with the techniques and skills to confidently participate in an orchestral percussion section. With over 20 years of orchestral experience, Wyana is passionate about sharing her love of music and music making with her community.

 You are invited to apply for one of two separate workshops, to be held on 20th and 21st February 2021.

Workshop 1: Percussion Beginners – A Crash Course in Orchestral Percussion

For non-percussionist musicians to learn basic techniques on orchestral percussion instruments and confidently participate in a percussion section.

This workshop is suitable for instrumentalists, instrumental teachers and advanced students of music (music reading skills essential).

Workshop 1 includes…

  • basic stick technique
  • appropriate mallet/ stick selection
  • techniques on bass drum, crash cymbals, suspended cymbal, triangle, tambourine, tam-tam, tuned percussion and more
  • percussion notation reading and conventions
  • a percussionist’s role in an orchestra

Workshop 2: Percussion Development Workshop

For percussionists to refine their skills and techniques in orchestral percussion. 

This workshop is suitable for percussionists / drummers, percussion teachers and advanced percussion students (music reading skills essential).

Successful applicants will be requested to bring your own mallets/ sticks if possible.

Workshop 2 includes…

  • extended techniques on snare drum, timpani, crash cymbals, bass drum, triangle, tambourine, crash cymbals and more
  • section leading and organisation
  • focus on common orchestral excerpts
  • participants may be invited to select specific repertoire to be covered

Venue: Performing Arts Centre at William Ross State High School, Mervyn Crossman Drive, Annandale.

Fee: $10 per participant.

Workshops Schedule
3rd December 2020Applications close
10th December 2020Successful applicants notified
12th February 2021Deadline for payment of $10 fee
20th February 2021 9:00am – 12:30pmWorkshop 1 Session 1
20th February 2021 1:30pm – 5:00pmWorkshop 2 Session 1
21st February 2021 9:00am – 12:30pmWorkshop 1 Session 2
21st February 2021 1:30pm – 5:00pmWorkshop 2 Session 2

The workshops will be conducted in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines.

Teachers may request a certificate showing 6 hours professional development on successful completion of the workshops.

Numbers are limited. Applications will be reviewed prior to acceptance.


Please complete the application form below. Note: labels with an asterisk * indicate that a response is required.





Workshop 1: BeginnersWorkshop 2: Advanced