SISTERS STEPHANIE AND Naomi Cooper, Cassandra Liddell and Loran Clulow performed in the rock band division of the Rock Eisteddfod last week.
SISTERS STEPHANIE AND Naomi Cooper, Cassandra Liddell and Loran Clulow performed in the rock band division of the Rock Eisteddfod last week. Contributed

Stuck in Neutral hit top gear

ROCK group Stuck in Neutral had the opportunity on August 2 to participate in the rock bands section of the City of Toowoomba Eisteddfod.

The group is made up of four Lockyer District High School girls, sisters Stephanie and Naomi Cooper, Cassandra Liddell and Loran Clulow. Stephanie is in Year 9 while Naomi, Cassie and Loran are currently in Year 11.

The girls did a great job finishing in fourth place, receiving a Highly Commended certificate.

Competition was very tight with only three points separating first from fourth.

Comments from the adjudicator indicated good stage presence, strong rhythm, strong vocals and bass and well played guitars.

The Empire Theatre in Toowoomba was a fantastic venue for the girls to perform and they are extremely grateful to have had this opportunity.

They are indebted to their mentor from Stars and Idols Music Studios Toowoomba, Jim Dowling and his helper (local Lockyer District High school musician Liam Taylor), travelling to Gatton State School’s new auditorium each Wednesday afternoon for lessons and then Mr. D. arranging monthly workshops.

He has pushed them to continually improve and is not backwards in telling them of their shortcomings as well as their strengths.

Lockyer District High School has been instrumental in helping the girls to develop their skills.

Teacher Michael Ho has recently been assisting the girls, teaching guitar and encouraging other students to form their own bands.

The next performance for the Stuck in Neutral will be at the Gatton Multicultural Evening scheduled for September 3.

The girls did a great job finishing in fourth place, receiving a Highly Commended certificate. Competition was very tight with only three points separating first from fourth.


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