Over the weekend of 6 to 8 May almost 120 St Leonard’s students travelled to Mt Gambier to compete at the 2016 Generations in Jazz competition. The competition brings together stage bands and vocal ensembles from over 200 schools across the country to compete in front of thousands of jazz enthusiasts.
In 2016, the College was represented by four jazz bands and three jazz choirs. At the conclusion of the competition our Big Band achieved a fifth placing in Division 1 of the bands section, and our Auditioned Choir placed fifth in Division 1 of the vocal ensemble section. A fifth placing against the ‘best of the best’ in school music ensembles is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the hard work of the students and staff involved. All four bands and all three choirs placed within the top half of their divisions, confirming the strength of our music program and the talent of our students.
Based on their individual performances, Zoe Heffernan (year 11), Albie Sands (year 12), Darcy Neate (year 11), Rainer Curcio (year 12) and Max Bruten (year 10) were selected to perform alongside world-renowned musician James Morrison as part of the invitation-only Superband. Only 18 competitors make the Superband and we are very proud to have five students selected. This is an amazing achievement that recognises them as being among the best school musicians in Australia.
Generations in Jazz was an extraordinary opportunity for students to work alongside professional musicians and connect with other passionate music students from schools around Australia. Congratulations to all students and staff involved for their hard work in preparing for the competition and for their wonderful performances across the weekend.