16 October 2017

Performing Arts

The Generations in Jazz Festival, held annually in Mt Gambier, South Australia, has grown significantly from its humble beginnings where three local businessmen arranged an event to bring together some like-minded musicians to further their love of Jazz music. Now in its 25th year, the 'Generations' event now hosts over 5,000 students from all over Australia and abroad. Students have the opportunity to hear and learn from some of the world's best Jazz musicians as well as gain from the experience of performing and listening to each other. Generations in Jazz has now firmly established itself as Australia's ultimate school event for Jazz ensembles, both instrumental and vocal.

Scotch College participated in the 'Generations' event for the third time in 2017, having previously participated in 2013 and 2014. 18 students, who regularly perform in either Big Bands 1, 2 or 3 in our school programme, formed a big band specifically for this Festival and participated in Division 3. (There are five divisions overall) The boys performed extremely well and were awarded 4th place, out of 66 schools in their division.

In addition, adjudicators are asked to identify outstanding individual performers from each ensemble and place them in a 'Superband' which is announced at the conclusion of the Festival. Prentice Shepherd (Year 11, Ross) was selected as a member of the trumpet section for the Division 3 Superband - an outstanding achievement. Prentice is the first Scotch student to be selected for higher honours at Generations in Jazz.

The 2017 Festival was a memorable experience for all students who attended and we hope it inspires them to strive for excellence in their instrumental practice and performance in the year ahead. Congratulations and thanks to the staff who attended, in particular to Mr Tim Simpson for organising the tour.

Congratulations to the following boys who achieved outstanding results in the recently held Fremantle Solo Piping Contest:

Nathan Schaff (Year 12, Anderson) - winner of C Grade

Ryan Hodgetts (Year 11, Brisbane) - winner of D Grade

Ethan Cassidy (Year 12, Alexander) - second place in the B and C Grade

Dylan Flecker (P/M and OSC'15) - winner of B Grade and 2nd in A Grade

Thanks to all parents who continue to show their support of our Performing Arts programmes through their active involvement in our Friends' groups. If you would like to join either the Friends of Scotch Music (FOSM) or Pipe Band Parent Support Group, please let us know, or feel free to attend their next meeting.

Important dates for the Autumn Term calendar are:

Date

Time

Event

Location

Friday 26 May

3.30 - 5.30pm

Combined Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal

Scotch College (DC)

Tuesday 30 May

6.30pm

Vocal Showcase

Scotch College DC

Tuesday 6 June

7.00pm

FOSM Meeting

Senior Music Department

Tuesday 6 June

7.00pm - 8.30pm

Combined Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal

MacKellar Hall

Thursday 8 June

6.30pm

JS MS Autumn Concert

MacKellar Hall

Friday 9 June

7.00pm

Music Department Quiz Night (Years 8-12)

MacKellar Hall

Wednesday 14 June

7.00pm - 8.30pm

Combined Symphony Orchestra rehearsal

MacKellar Hall

Thursday 22 June

7.00pm - 8.30pm

Combined Symphony Orchestra rehearsal

Scotch College (DC)

Sunday 25 June

TBA

WA Schools Orchestra Festival

Churchlands SHS

Contact Details

The Instrumental Programme is administered by the Senior School Music Department and all queries should be directed to the Music Administrators, Julia Robinson (Monday to Wednesday) and Donna Ranauro (Thursday and Friday) via phone 9383 6841 or email music@scotch.wa.edu.au.

Alternately, please contact Mr Chris McMillan, Head of Performing Arts, via email Chris.McMillan@scotch.wa.edu.au or phone 9383 6842.

If you wish to become more involved in supporting the Music Department, please contact FOSM@scotch.wa.edu.au

Mr Chris McMillan
Head of Performing Arts