Young Warriors Music Academy
About The Program
Young Warriors are bands that will gig, tour, record and play professional standard performances from Term 1 each year. Young Warriors will perform regularly at a range of events and venues. Young Warriors is an initiative of the Australian Music Association and was created to support the development of live music in Australia. In addition to Classroom Music and the Secondary Instrumental Music Program, Young Warriors students have an additional dedicated band session per week. Students are also required to practice at home. Students from Years 6 – 9 can put forward an Expression of Interest to be in this program. There is a limited amount of students that can participate (30).
Lead Musician: Matt Di Nardo Young Warriors
The Head of Young Warriors Academy is Matt Di Nardo who, together with the music staff, will ensure Timbarra Young Warriors practice and perform music to a high standard while having a whole lot of fun. Matt has been a musician for over 13 years, devoting his life to learning, practicing and performing music.
Having played in many original rock bands, Matt has gained experience with many artists which includes composing, recording and performing songs which have been played on Triple J and Channel 10’s ‘Offspring’.
In recent years, Matt has stepped out from behind the drum kit, becoming a multi-instrumentalist and starting his own band, for which he is the singer/songwriter/guitarist. Matt has been a part of over 25 different theatrical productions, whether it be on stage or in the pit. Matt is an adaptable musician, having played for over 16 different musical productions in 2018-2019 including ‘Legally Blonde’, ‘Wicked’,‘American Idiot’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’.