MUSIC to his ears - Col Edwards pleads with his children to keep playing for as long as they like.
MUSIC to his ears - Col Edwards pleads with his children to keep playing for as long as they like.

Family blows its own trumpet



THEY'RE talented, dedicated and well balanced - but sometimes they drive their parents nuts!

Tweed River High School students Jesse and Hayley Edwards are fairly normal teenagers from a fairly normal household, with one crucial exception.

Both offspring play very loud, very brassy band instruments and at practise time, noise levels in the Edwards household can reach, well, concert pitch.

The Edwards kids picked up the music bug via the instrument program at Bilambil Public School. Hayley (13) plays tenor saxophone while Jesse's instrument of choice at the moment is the euphonium.

The pair play in both the TRHS jazz and concert bands as well as in the PCYC community band. In fact last night they were playing at the school's end-of-year function at Seagulls before rolling up for two community gigs on the weekend with the PCYC band.

All that talent means regular practise, at home, which can be a problem with both instruments going full bore as brother and sister try to outdo each other.

According to their parents, Col and Karen, they love to hear their children making music and wouldn't change a thing.

"Even the neighbours say they love hearing them play and remark how much they have improved over the years," Col said.

"That's from the outside.

"Inside, it's a matter of keeping the two at opposite ends of the house and stuffing towels under the doors," he said.



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