Friends Hannah Geri and Sally Dahl-Braganza after their performance at the Gympie Eisteddfod.
Friends Hannah Geri and Sally Dahl-Braganza after their performance at the Gympie Eisteddfod. Renee Pilcher

'Teammates' turn to music rivalry

TWO Gympie Eisteddfod musicians who had previously won as part of a trio, played against each other yesterday in the third day of competition.

The Year 10 trio, Hannah Geri, Sally Dahl-Braganza and Oscar Tollner (James Nash State High), played to a first prize victory in the secondary school small instrumental ensemble item on Sunday evening.

Miss Geri, playing the French horn and Miss Dahl-Braganza on the trumpet, played against each other yesterday in the section for any woodwind or brass instrument for performers aged 15 to 18 years.

The final result saw neither girl placed, but they were not discouraged.

Miss Geri, a Kilkivan State School student, said competing against her friends was one of the highlights of playing in an eisteddfod.

“It's something I enjoy doing, and it's fun,” she said of the “rivalry''.

Although the French horn is her preferred instrument, Miss Geri also plays the trombone and trumpet. Miss Dahl-Braganza, from Cooloola Christian College, said she had been playing the trumpet since Year 6, and also played the euphonium.

“I love playing jazz music,” she said. “And I like to perform. I just love to show people what I can do.”

Both keen musicians, Miss Geri and Miss Dahl-Braganza have been playing in eisteddfods long enough to dissolve any nerves.

Although Miss Geri only plays for the enjoyment, Miss Dahl-Braganza said she would like to pursue a career in music.

“My goal is to be able to teach private music lessons,” she said.

Both girls have private tuition in their instruments and try to practise daily.

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