Music came first, but studies didn’t lose out

2012-01-06 00:00

MEET the rebel with a cause.

Luke Wyngaard, who is the second-last face at the bottom of the “2” in yesterday’s collage of the class of 2011, placed his passion for music higher than his school work but nevertheless managed to get two distinctions in dramatic arts and English.

The 19-year-old former Maritzburg College student said, “I have always believed that it is important to keep a balance between school and doing music, although school stuff was never a priority because I believe that my priority was to nurture my musical talent at an early stage.”

He said in school he always paid attention so that when it came to exams he had no reason to panic. “School is important but my talent is way more important because that is when I get to do what I love doing,” he said.

The talented Wyngaard is a passionate guitarist, but also plays the piano and keyboard.

During his matric year he spent his week days studying because he believed that even though he is talented, education would help support his first love.

“My weekends were spent performing at the Red Door and also playing at functions like weddings and parties. I have also played at the Botanical Gardens with the Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters as well as performing with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra,” said Wyngaard.

He admitted that some people would like to think of him as a troublesome student. He said: “My testimony would state otherwise.”

Wyngaard said this year he will concentrate on his music, working at the Sleepy Hollow Sounds studio in Prestbury. He will record his own music until he has decided which field of music he wants to study.

He confident about his ability to write his own music, which is what real artists do in order to be successful in show business. “I also play for Sons of Us, which is my main band,” Wyngaard said.

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