Friday morning 6am, 62 students and seven staff set off on the long trek to Generations in Jazz in Mt Gambier. Throughout the event the whole team were a credit to the school, supporting and appreciating each other in each of the big band and vocal and small group sections. Saturday performances started off with an amazing performance by the Vocal Ensemble conducted by Marianne Rigby-Black. Their energy on stage was remarkable, reflecting the hard work done over the past months.


We then continued over to the Intermediate Big Band conducted by Jeff Vague with great solos by Zoe Azzopardi, Dae Kim Ong, Jeremy Chen, Em Saunders, Parmida Taheri, Sam Murray and Gabe Keam.

The maturity of approach from this group foresees a promising future in the Program.

Senior Jazz Orchestra with Andy O’Connell took the stage with style and finesse. The ensemble grooved it out. Heartfelt and musical performances from soloist – Daniel Fearn-Wannan, Tom Mccracken, Sohjin Baek, Gabriel Ioannou-Booth, Luca Manfield and Tess Hickey. Great team work in all sections and across the band.

Small Groups performed in an intimate room to family and friends.

The superb musical stylings of the Junior Big Band with Dave Palmer finished off the day with a magnificent performance in Div 4.2. Great work from Isabel de Bruyn, Ryan Wong, Kai Barlow, Anthony Silk.

The performances across the weekend were a credit to the whole Music Program and the ongoing strive for excellence in music.

Thanks to the School for their recognition of the music students work and for supporting them in academic and musical endeavours.

It was great to have several parents cheer us on over the weekend.

Thanks to Andy O’Connell for his organization of the event and to Jeff Vague, Marianne Rigby-Black, Adrienne Gammune, Adam Grech, Sean Hamilton, Jemima Bunn and Dave Palmer for all and everything over the weekend. A finer group of people it could not be.

For their efforts the ensembles were awarded:

Junior Big Band 3rd in Div4.2

Intermediate Big Band 2nd in Div2.1

Senior Jazz Orchestra 2nd in Div1

Vocal Ensemble now in their third year of competition were Div 1 small groups continued to be praised for their musical expression and growing confidence in performance.

Small Chamber Group: Daniel Fearn-Wannan, Gabriel Ioannou-Booth, Pat Skarajew, Laura Heaney, Tom McCracken, Sohjin Baek – 2nd.

Individual awards were give to:

Div2 Super Band

Cherie Bridgman

Parmida Taheri

Div1 Super Band

Daniel Fearn-Wannan

Tom McCracken

Stephanie Burger

Luca Manfield

Gabriel Ioannou-Booth

Nic Walker

Future Finalists: Tess Hickey