A group of mentally handicapped students played beautiful music and performed impressive dance routines at a fund-raising event at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre last week. The charity concert, Together We Shine, was organised by the Hong Chi Association, which provides services for people with intellectual disabilities and their family members. A performance by Music-In-Born (MIB) - a woodwind and brass band from Hong Chi Morninghill School, Tsui Lam - was one of the highlights of the night. MIB, one of the first bands set up for mentally handicapped children, thrilled the audience with their music and dancing skills. 'Many of the band members are autistic. It takes extra time, patience and effort to teach them to play music and perform as a group,' said school principal, Evonne Ching Wan Yuet-yu. 'The hard work is worth it because I can see the changes in the students. Music helps them concentrate and feel more confident. 'When the students play music, they are totally committed and there is no strange behaviour at all.' The school's music teacher, Lam Ka-yee, said playing in a band helped the students display their talents and develop a more positive attitude towards life. 'The performance was a great success and we are grateful to the parents of our band members. They gave full support to their children,' Ms Lam said.