Roger Soden scholarship music to Clint's ears

Clint Corbin plays the drums with a group of fellow students. He has won a music scholarship from the IMB, which will pay for professional tutelage for a year. Picture: GREG ELLIS

Clint Corbin plays the drums with a group of fellow students. He has won a music scholarship from the IMB, which will pay for professional tutelage for a year. Picture: GREG ELLIS

A student at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music was awarded the IMB Roger Soden music scholarship this week.

Clint Corbin was named recipient of the scholarship by IMB chief executive Robert Ryan at the IMB Community Foundation 2014 grants announcement ceremony on Tuesday.

Clint is a school student who studies saxophone, piano and drums at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music and is involved in three jazz ensembles and one jazz combo.

The scholarship provides the teenager with a professional tutor for 12 months.

Clint said he wanted to express his sincere thanks to those in the IMB who selected him as the award recipient.

"Music is my love and getting financial assistance to continue to improve my skills is fantastic.

"I have enjoyed music my whole life and I see music as an incredible tool to encourage and inspire others.

"My aspiration is to play music and do it professionally. I want to pursue it as a long-term career and see where it takes me.

"I would like to pass on the intrinsic satisfaction I get from playing music to others in the community," Clint said.

"And this is all starting to become a reality thanks to the generosity of the IMB."

Clint also thanked his family for their support and encouragement and all the staff and students at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, which he said did an amazing job running the jazz program.

This is the second year that the IMB board has awarded a scholarship in memory of its late chairman, Roger Soden.

Mr Soden was an IMB director for 23 years between 1969 and 1992 and spent six years as chairman from 1986 to 1992.

Mr Ryan said music was chosen because it was Mr Soden's primary interest away from business.

He was an excellent organist and talented pianist who played for his church every Sunday for many years.

Mr Ryan said the IMB board was committed to fostering the talents of local music students in memory of Mr Soden.

"He would be delighted that young people were benefiting from his love of music," he said.

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