Generations in Jazz
On 6 May 55 enthusiastic Pembroke musicians again departed for the annual Generations in Jazz Festival in Mt Gambier. After a lengthy bus trip we settled into our hotel before attending the opening dinner of the Festival and introductory concert by James Morrison, Ross Irwin and friends. Saturday saw Big Bands 1 and 2 and the Jazz Choir compete along with another 163 bands and 84 choirs. This event certainly has grown! We were among the 5,000 student musicians attending from more than 100 schools from all over Australia and New Zealand. We had a successful weekend and heard some amazing and inspirational music! Big Band 1 placed 14th in Division 2, Big Band 2 placed 2nd in Division 4 and the Jazz Choir placed 2nd in Division 2. Brandon and Sofia were selected as part of the Division 4 Superband, a huge honour! It was a great weekend for all concerned.
Just 2 weeks later the Music Department hosted John Morrison and Andy Firth as guest artists for our Jazz Cabaret at the Arkaba Hotel. The guests played with each student ensemble—the Junior School Concert Band, String Orchestra, Concert Band, Big Bands 1 and 2, and the Jazz Choir. Outstanding musicianship by our guest stars dazzled the audience, with Andy Firth being a standout for many. Wow—can he play a clarinet! John Morrison joined with local musicians Sam Riley and David McEvoy to support the performances and brought an impressive level of class and musicianship to the event. It was a very pleasant evening for all involved.
Students from the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools enjoyed the opportunity to perform in Recital evenings and the Junior School Soirée Concert. A wide range of styles and instruments were heard across these two evenings, and parents and students appreciated the opportunity to perform and demonstrate their skills.
On Wednesday 8 June students from the Middle and Senior Schools performed in DY Hall. A range of impressive ensembles that included the Percussion Ensembles as well as the Saxophone Ensembles; the Clarinet Trio (who dazzled people with their piece by Piazolla); and then after interval the Concert Band, Middle School Orchestra, String Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra all demonstrated what they have been working on in a variety of Music presentations. Our thanks must go to the Friends of Music Committee for their provision and service of refreshments.
Director of Music