Liam White has a RSL Youth Development Grant that he will use to pay towards a school band trip to the US in September. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Liam White has a RSL Youth Development Grant that he will use to pay towards a school band trip to the US in September. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK030114ssax1

Liam heads to America to pursue his musical dreams

A PUBLIC performance in New York, Downtown Disney and a tour of NBC Studios are just some of the exciting things Liam White will get to experience this year.

The Rockhampton Grammar School student, 15, who has played the saxophone since Year 5, will head to the United States in September as part of the school's USA music tour.

And it's all thanks to the RSL Queensland Youth Development Program that Liam is able to afford to go, after a handful of CQ students were rewarded with a grant to pursue their dreams.

The program, operated in conjunction with Bond University, recognises and rewards the efforts of high-achieving Queensland students with grants of up to $5000.

Liam, a member of the big band and jazz ensemble at Rockhampton Grammar, said he was grateful for the grant.

"I was very surprised," he said. "This will help me a lot to be able to go on this trip.

"I'm really looking forward to the exchange performances which is where we perform for other schools there."

Liam said he enjoyed playing with his school bands.

"It's a lot better than playing by yourself," he said. "It's a much better sound as well and you're working as a team."

The group has a big itinerary for the two weeks in America, including workshops and professional performances at the Kennedy Centre, university and museum visits, and plenty of sightseeing.