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Mt. Gambier Keeps Toes Tapping

An early 6am start last Friday morning was the beginning of an awesome weekend for the ATC Jazz Orchestra. The musicians departed Brisbane Airport on an epic journey to Mt Gambier to experience and be part of the legendary Generations in Jazz Festival.

The event provided an excellent environment for our young musicians to learn new music and perform in front of a huge crowd. In addition, learning with other students in a festival setting helped them gain confidence and get an opportunity to hear some internationally renowned jazz professionals including James Morrison, Ross Irwin and James Muller.

The weekend attracted over 5000 music students from around Australia to compete in the largest music competition in the country. Apart from world class performances by international artists, the boys took part in workshops across the three days.

The ATC Jazz Orchestra’s performance was outstanding, and reached a new high in terms of standard and maturity, and while we didn’t place in the competition, this group of young musicians represented the college incredibly well and can be very proud of their achievements. There were numerous highlights but none more than experiencing a live performance from the Cat Empire! With a crowd of more than 6000 people standing on their chairs screaming as they enjoyed a band that was both virtuosic and energetic it certainly was an experience that we will all remember forever and that will contribute to a life-long love for and appreciation of music.

The ensemble has grown and improved immensely over the last term, partly as a result of all of the learning in the lead-up and preparation for this event. It was most definitely exciting and rewarding to be a part of! We look forward to 2019!

Jonathon Bolt
Head of Co-curricular Music Performance
boltj@atc.qld.edu.au