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From the Head of Music


Last weekend, our vocal ensemble, Just Jazz travelled to Mt Gambier for the annual Generations in Jazz Festival. Just Jazz entered Division 3 and was among 51 school vocal ensembles competing. With half the girls in the ensemble being new this year, we set our sights on performing to our potential and had a target of achieving a score in the middle of the division. This year was about establishing foundation for the new members while still maintaining a valuable learning experience for the senior members. We achieved our goal and now know what to work on to improve next year.

Generations in Jazz left such a memorable experience this year. Not only the size of the venture, including 5,200 school students plus teachers and volunteers, but the quality of the guest performers. We now all know and love Patti Austin, a Grammy Award winning vocalist from New York who released her first album at the age of 5. We further enhanced our respect and appreciation for the adjudicators, who performed in the Friday Night Big Band, and the hosts, Ross Irwin and James Morrison.

On Saturday night, we were all blown away by a 3-hour Cat Empire concert. There were bright sequenced lights, smoke machine effects and pumping funky rhythms that energised the whole audience. Generations in Jazz was a truly inspirational weekend. We were left with the allure of an even bigger weekend promised next year as Generations in Jazz coincides with International Jazz Day. That’s right, the world has a day and it’s all about jazz!


Gavin Hughes
Head of Music