A Stage Band Day with Ross Irwin

The latest performance of the TPS Presents Concert Series was presented by Australia's very own Ross Irwin, a songwriter, trumpeter, pianist and all-round talent with a background in jazz. Ross has extensive experience with student and professional big bands worldwide and shared some of his tips with the Stage Band to help us deliver a "world-class" performance at the upcoming Generations in Jazz festival this May. With constructive advice ranging from stylistic expression to clarity and accuracy of articulation, every member of the band took something useful away from the experience and we now have a competitive edge against the other schools in the competition. The workshop has made me more aware of the stylistic demands of our pieces and has left me with tips that will last me my musical career. A big thanks on behalf of the band to Ross Irwin for the workshop and fantastic concert and of course to Richard Vaudrey and Adam Wesley for getting him in.

Tully Robertson

Head of Instrumental Music