Mount Gambier – Generations in Jazz

We have had a very busy few weeks preparing the Senior Stage Band for Generations in Jazz, held in Mount Gambier.  As a National Competition, and the first time Mount Waverley Secondary College has attended in many years, the students and the music staff.

During the holidays, the band rehearsed for two days at school. The students were privileged to have Generations in Jazz patron, Ross Irwin come and take them for a three hour workshop.  Students participated in section rehearsals run by staff and full band rehearsals run by the ensemble director, Mr Nathan Liow.

The festival itself was an amazing experience for staff and students. The band were treated to concerts each night including world renowned artists such as Grammy Award winner Patty Austin and The Cat Empire.

The stage band performed early Saturday morning and were outstanding in their musicality and accuracy. This was recognised in the results with the band being awarded 2nd place in their division. One of the other highlights was the announcement of the superbands.  Each year, the adjudicators select 1 super band from each of the 4 divisions as the most outstanding collective band. As this is the first time we have attended, and we were in the largest section of 82 bands and almost 1400 students, we were not holding our breath that someone would be selected as one of only 18 students.  Kelvin N, our Music Captain was selected as the best piano player in our division, honoured as only one piano is chosen.  He received a members cap and made his way to the front of a 6000 person audience to have his photo taken with the division 4 super band. We were so proud as it is an amazing achievement.  Congratulations to all involved.

At Mount Gambier in front of the James Morrison pavilion after getting 2nd place

Ross Irwin – Leading the band for a workshop

 

Open Night

Featuring soloists and ensembles from across the college, it was great to hear how much has been achieved with the music ensembles in Term 1. Thank-you to all of the parents who came along to watch and support the music program.

Music mentor Program

Once again we are working with our local primary schools to give primary school music students the chance to rehearse and perform in our ensembles. This year we have 7 students across four ensembles at the college, welcoming a primary school student into the group. These students will be performing at the College’s Gala Concert as well as festivals such as VSMF and Royal South Street Eisteddfod.

 

Music uniforms

Thank you to all of the music families who have taken the time to outfit the students in the correct music uniform. Could families with students in music ensembles please read the outline below and organise the correct uniform before the next performance. In the case of festivals, we are marked down if music uniform is not adhered to :

BOYS:

  • MWSC music shirt (tucked in) – ordered and paid through the college as part of enrolment
  • Black tailored pants, no denim or school pants
  • Black belt
  • Black socks
  • Black leather school shoes

GIRLS:

  • MWSC music shirt (tucked in) – ordered and paid through the college as part of enrolment
  • Black Tailored Pants, no denim or leggings
  • Black Socks
  • Black Leather School Shoes

 

Upcoming Music Performances

Tuesday 22nd May: NEVR Concert, Hamer Hall.  Selected students only

Thursday 24th May: Unit 3 Recital, 6:30pm – SS Music Centre

Thursday 31st May: Unit 1 Recital, 6:30pm – SS Music Centre

Tuesday 20th June: Soiree #1 (Percussion, Brass, Wind), 7pm – Ashwood Performing Arts Centre. Selected students only

Thursday 21st June: Soiree #1 (Percussion, Brass, Wind), 7pm – Ashwood Performing Arts Centre. Selected students only

 

Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director