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NMIT flash mob lights up Preston Market

21 Sep 2012

Customers at Preston Market this morning found their coffee had a little extra kick as a 'flash mob' from NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) gradually emerged out of the morning crowd.

It started off slowly with two casual looking 'musos' (NMIT students) wandering into the central market area, one (Tom Fraser) toting a double bass and the other (James Baker) taking a seat at the much-loved market piano.

Unobtrusive tinkling and strumming gave way to a more upbeat grove before a full brass section strode into the area. Pretty soon they were joined by NMIT percussionists and singers to create a hugely infectious sound that stopped shoppers in their tracks and had them nodding along with the beat.

Then, as quickly as it emerged, the flash mob was gone.

The 'flash mob' (an activity often associated with social media and loosely defined as a seemingly spontaneous and progressive performance in a public space) was a surprise element of the Darebin Music Festival involving a collaboration between the City of Darebin, Preston Market and students and staff from NMIT's Performing Arts department.

An original score was created for the event by NMIT music teacher, Jack Pantazis with vocal arrangements from NMIT music teacher, Lisa Schwabe. The musicians and singers all came from NMT's Certificate IV in Music and Advanced Diploma of Music programs.

“The flash mob was an idea proposed and negotiated between NMIT, Darebin Council and the Preston Market management to promote/coincide with the Darebin Music Feast and NMIT's Yarra Edge Music Festival,” said the Head of NMIT's Performing Arts Department, Lliam Freeman. “The idea was first proposed by NMIT staff member, Enio Pozzebon, when he saw the public piano available for anyone to play in the breezeway at the Preston Market.”

Check out the 'flash mob' fun on You-Tube at .

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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.