Sounds of Success



Callum has worked to achieve his musical dream of performing live.

Callum loves his music. Earlier this year he attended a Jimmy Barnes concert and ended up being presented with a set of drumsticks by the Working Class man himself. Igniting his passion for live music, Callum then went on to attend an Adam Brand performance in Hobart and was lucky enough to be invited on stage to join the show, where he was generously presented with a Gibson guitar from the group.

These two encounters gave Callum a new vision of becoming a ‘rock star’. An employee at Mailhouse Tasmania (an OAK business), Callum wanted to find a way to pursue his musical goals and take up guitar lessons.  He found out about the Duke of Edinburgh International Award, a new opportunity offered by OAK Case Management and the Transition to Work program.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a recognised program for young people, building their skills to equip them for life and work. Callum was able to use his guitar lessons and subsequent performance to fulfil the skills criteria for the award.

OAK staff arranged guitar lessons with tutor Debra Manskey each Monday morning. After months of practicing, Callum was ready for his first performance, with a live gig booked at the Waratah Hotel.

It was a jam packed event with people pouring in the door to support Callum with his first on stage performance. Not letting nerves get the better of him, Callum well and truly worked the crowd putting on a great show. After the show Callum was found signing autographs and having selfies with fans.

The evening left the audience talking about the “buzz” they were feeling days later.

Callum continues to play guitar and is currently a member of the band ‘The Superstars’ with his most recent performance at the OAK Christmas BBQ at Lampton Avenue.

Read more about the Duke of Edinburgh Award recipients here.

Callum began support at OAK Tasmania in the areas of Training and Development and OAK Community. He also attends out of hours programs with a group of young adults funded through the NDIS.