Recipient of the Southern Cross University’s inaugural Russell Dunlop (inset) Scholarship, Adam Corocher of Kingscliff. Adam is in his third year of a Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree.
Recipient of the Southern Cross University’s inaugural Russell Dunlop (inset) Scholarship, Adam Corocher of Kingscliff. Adam is in his third year of a Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree. Cathy Adams

Musician drums up honours

SOUTHERN Cross University music teacher Russell Dunlop will not be forgotten, with the first recipient of a scholarship named in his honour having been awarded to a promising young musician at the university.

Adam Corocher, 24, from Kingscliff, is a drummer in his third year of a Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree at Southern Cross University.

He hopes to be as successful as Russell one day.

"I have similar aspirations to Russell and if I can emulate him I would be very happy," he said.

Russell, who was also a well known musician, composer and producer, died in 2009.

His family set up the scholarship through the generosity of Russell's friends and other musicians who wanted to do something to remember him.

"It was a beautiful gesture," said SCU Contemporary Music Program lecturer, Leigh Carriage.

"Russell was really loved by the students. He was very popular and he also worked with many of the young students."

The scholarship, worth $1250, is awarded to a student taking the Contemporary Music degree who has shown musical talent, motivation and is in need of support.

"I want to use the money for something special," Adam said.

"Something that I wouldn't normally be able to do like take extra lessons with a good musician or a CD launch - something that would otherwise be out of reach for me financially."

The university considered Adam the most worthy recipient from all the students in the music program at the university.

"Adam is a rather humble student," Leigh Carriage said

"He's extremely diligent, always available to play with other student line-ups. He's generous with his time, very positive and does well in keeping up with his grades and his course."

Adam, who plays in The Norma and Louise Band, said he was surprised to receive the scholarship.

"It was great," Adam said of winning the scholarship.

"It was a real honour and quite uplifting for me to be recognised for my work.

"I plan to be a working musician and play in a band.

"So the funds from the scholarship will be a big help."



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