School holiday rock

Two Hibiscus Coast musicians, Red Beach resident Glen Child (left) and Manly’s Phil Roberts, are running a Rock & Pop Academy school holiday programme to accelerate the skills of young guitarists and drummers.

Glen is an in-demand session drummer and head of music at Carmel College, while Phil currently performs as Jimi Hendrix in a touring tribute show.

The half-day Academy sessions cater for Year 6 students and above who have been playing their instrument for at least a year and focus on boosting children’s live performance confidence, practice habits and onstage skills.

The sessions culminate in a live performance on the day and the chance to perform later at a local jam night.

“Our goal is to teach kids the skills to jam with any other musician so they are empowered to attend jam nights, open mics or perhaps start their own band,” Phil says.

The sessions will be held at the Hibiscus Coast Community House on Western Reserve, Orewa, on October 2 for guitarists and October 3 for drummers. Info: