Generations in Jazz Festival 2017
Last weekend, 121 St Leonard’s College students travelled to Mt Gambier to attend the Generations in Jazz Festival and competed against over 4000 student musicians from around Australia.
The Generations in Jazz Festival is a huge focus in the College’s jazz program, and is a wonderful mix of performances, concerts and workshops. The weekend provides a great opportunity for students to interact with local, national and international artists.
The festival swung into action with a short concert on Friday evening, where schools were introduced to inspiring guest artists for the weekend that included Jazzmeai Horn (Vocalist – USA), Gordon Goodwin (Grammy Award winning band leader – USA), Wycliffe Gordon (USA) and Australia’s own James Morrison.
St Leonard’s College entered four bands and three choirs this year, and performed way beyond expectation. The musical heights to which each ensemble rose was reflected by the joy and pride all of our musicians displayed as they left their stages. On Saturday night, all the schools united inside a marquee and performed in a huge gala concert. The evening began with announcements of awards that recognise abilities of individual students, and we were thrilled to have Max Bruten placed in the Division 1 Superband. Toby Amiel was awarded the highest possible soloist award of Future Finalist. There are only six students selected for this honour annually so this is a truly outstanding achievement. Congratulations to Max and Toby.
On Sunday, our students were treated to a full day of workshops where they had the opportunity to work hands-on with the international guest artists. The advice given in these sessions is key in giving our students guidance for the next step in their musical journeys.
Congratulations to all our music students and staff for their hard work in preparing for Generations in Jazz. To compete on a national stage and hold their own against some of the best school music ensembles in Australia is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the outstanding quality of the music programs at St Leonard’s College