College Music

Generations in Jazz Festival

Last weekend, 33 students and 4 staff traveled to Mount Gambier, South Australia to take part in Generations in Jazz. GIJ is an annual jazz festival where 6000 students from across Australia travel to take part in a nation wide jazz competition, adjudicated by some of Australia’s top jazz musicians.

In addition to playing as part of a competition, the ensembles receive feedback from some of the top jazz musicians in Australia, they attend amazing concerts by dynamic performers, and they meet students from across the country. I have attached a short 10 second video of the students at the concert of Friday Night with every student on their feet dancing.The competition was fierce, but I am proud to announce the results:

  • Greta G (Y12) from the Jazz Band was picked out of 50 students as the best bass in Division 4 (Div 4 Superband)
  • Jazz Band, who were in a competitive division for the first time placed 16th.
  • Jazz Combo, placed 8th
  • Senior Stage band, placed 5th (the best result we have ever had at GIJ)

An event like this does not happen without a lot of hard work from both staff and students. Thank you to Mr Kelvin Nguyen, Ms Melissa Knowles and Mr Joseph Yu who accompanied us on this trip. A big shout out to the students who practiced diligently, and attended rehearsals to achieve these excellent results.


Unit 3 Recital

On Thursday evening, the Year 12 music students completed their first recital. The VCE recitals not only give students the opportunity of valuable performance practice, but also provides them expert feedback from a panel. Well done to the students on their excellent performances, and thank-you to the panel who assisted me, Ms Misa Murphy and Mr Tom Frost.


Year 10 Recital

Written by Isabella C (10M)

The Year 10 Music cohort of 2024 worked tirelessly to bring other students a spectacular performance. Students performed an array of genres to a packed audience, and the cohort is thankful to have such a supportive community at school.

This experience was a part of the Year 10 coursework, where students had to use class time as well as time at home to develop skills to bring the performance to life.  Furthermore, students also had to use their skills in marketing and public speaking in addition to their skills in setting up for a performance and capturing this moment. While there were a few nerves, everyone was able to play confidentially and gain knowledge and skills from this experience.

The cohort of Year 10 would like to thank the faculty and their parents for the support and can’t wait to see what comes next!



Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director