THE Australian Institute of Country Music will host a pre-Tamworth showcase to give locals a chance to see the high calibre of talent representing Gympie at this month's Tamworth Country Music Festival.
AICM's Pre Tamworth 2013 Showcase will feature The Institute band with Alana Vogler and Angus Saffery-Hiern, Caitlyn Shadbolt and Aiming High, Liv Young duo, Something in Latin, young rock band Playback, The Talisha Young Band, Olivia Nolan and Jennifer Cole.
A gold coin donation at the door grants members of the audience an entry in the lucky door prize and a raffle will be drawn on the night.
The Gympie contingent leaves next Saturday afternoon, January 19.
More than 20 AICM students plus their teachers and supporters will make up a group of about 50 people.
The talented student musicians from Gympie will perform daily showcases at the Courthouse Hotel along with a showcase in Peel St.
Students have entered a number of competitions, including Coca-Cola Youngstars, Coca-Cola Battle of the Bands, Aristocrats, CCMA and Mount Franklin Water.
Multi-instrumentalist Aidan Patrick will be participating in the inaugural Battle of the Bluegrass.
This year will be the first time to Tamworth for some of the students and all have been preparing for this pinnacle of the country music calendar.