Whyalla’s youth recently came together to showcase their musical talent at the 11th annual JAMM for Genes, raising just over $670 for the Jeans for Genes charity.
That amount means Whyalla’s JAMM was the top South Australian fundraiser for Jeans for Genes in 2017.
Stormfront Productions Alison Hams said the change of hosting the event at the D’Faces of Youth Hall was well received.
“We had a really attentive audience listening to every note that was sung which was really good. It also gave our performers the chance to be under the spotlight and treated like starts,” she said.
“I think each of them did step up to the plate and perform like stars as well. Being at D’Faces kept the youthful, funky vibe that is the JAMM but was also the classy side of a concert as well.”
The latest amount raised by Stormfront productions takes their 11-year total to around $6200.
“With the last 18 months in town, times have been tough, so every dollar counts. The work that the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) do is so important,” Ms Hams said.
“We see people who come through our doors that have health issues or special needs. Some of them have actually been touched by the work CMRI does.
"Even if we raise just a few dollars to help them out, that’s fantastic. To raise $671 in a two hour concert is really amazing.”
Performers at the JAMM included Stormfront Productions students, guest artists Emma Taylor and Jessica Payne (JJ Payne), and Whyalla Recording Scholarship winner Breeze Millard.
“Everybody did a really good job on the night, what was really impressive was the audience. They were cheering and clapping from start to finish which was really good,” Ms Hams said.
Ms Hams said it was vital for younger music students to get experience on stage.
“We can talk to them and train them as much as we want, but until you truly experience it you don’t know. We think it’s important to step up onto a professional stage and be in the spotlight.
“They really stepped up and gave it their all, they sounded fantastic.”