The power of television was undeniable yesterday as 100 Year 7 boys at St Stanislaus’ College screamed Ryan Sanders’ name.
The former contestant of The Voice was visiting his old school to mentor the young music students.
Ryan finished his schooling at Stannies’ in 2011. And while none of the new boys had met him before, in their eyes he was a superstar.
Ryan visited the school at the invitation of the school’s music co-ordinator Victoria Roth, his former music teacher.
He was delighted to be back at Stannies’ performing for the students.
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“Things have changed, but the boys haven’t,” he said grinning.
“It’s nice to be back. I’m hoping the kids will enjoy my music as much as I did when people would come and play for us at assembly. It was always great to get out of class.”
Ryan played Brother, the song he performed for his Voice audition, accompanied by his guitarist Andrew Dean.
The 19-year-old said appearing on The Voice has given him a lot of exposure and he has been busy ever since.
At the moment he is focusing on performing for charities, in particular the Cancer Council.
“The show has provided me with some great opportunities,” he said.
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Ms Roth said she has stayed in touch with Ryan since he left school and it was great to be able to invite him back.
She feels his appearance at the school will prove to be very beneficial for her students.
“Some boys need to connect to the real work end of music,” she said.
“This is about them making that connection. It’s all about connection.”
Ms Roth said the music program at Stannies’ is non-stop.
In three weeks’ time they will be putting on the musical Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
MOBBED: Ryan Sanders was mobbed by Year 7 music students at St Stanislaus’ College when he returned to his old school for a visit yesterday. BELOW: Ryan on The Voice. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 050913zsanders1
Ms Roth said the school has a tradition of presenting good musical theatre.
“When you are a music teacher you hope boys who choose music in their senior years will take it with them into their lives,” she said.
“So when I see Ryan taking it to that next level, that makes me very happy.”
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