by Steph Stuart (Year 9)
Generations In Jazz, is a jazz competition held annually in Mount Gambier, South Australia. The competition is open to all schools around Australia. This year, the Stage Band and Unaccompanied Minors represented The Peninsula School for the School’s Fourth entry in this competition.
The Stage Band has worked really hard this year with many rehearsals, workshops and performances. We were lucky enough to have worked with the inspirational Ross Irwin in a workshop at school not once, but twice! He gave us tremendous advice about our technique and how to perform more proficiently as a band.
On May 6, Stage Band and the Unaccompanied Minors boarded a bus with the magical Mr. Wesley, Melissa, Miss Ross, and Mr. Noone for a seven hour bus trip to Mt Gambier.
There was much excitement as we arrived at the massive tent for the first night’s concert. Some of us who had never been to Generations in Jazz before, were particularly excited. We were treated to musical jazz greats such as Wycliffe Gordon from the USA, The “Idea of North”, an A Capella group who performed with Kaichrio Kitamura, a vocal percussionist from Japan, Kate Ceberano, the University of North Texas One O'clock Lab Band and of course the great Jazz trumpeter, James Morrison, as well as his son Harry Morrison on Bass.
After an exciting night, we left the big tent to go to our motel and get some rest ready for the big day ahead. We were all excited and nervous at the same time. The band has improved so much in the last 12 months and we all wanted to do well. With both nerves and excitement building up, we went and got ready to perform.
As we walked onto the stage we were cheered by the unaccompanied minors and the parents that came along to watch. We performed well and hoped that this showed in the score we were awarded. In the end we came 5th and got a total score of 95/100. This was a very good score and I am proud of what the band did to achieve it.
I would like to thank Mr Wesley, for directing this amazing band and for arranging us to go to this amazing event.