Over the Mothers’ Day weekend, the Emmanuel Big Band and Jazz Choir travelled to Mt Gambier, South Australia to participate in James Morrison’s Generation in Jazz Festival. It was an absolute privilege to accompany this talented group of musicians and the dedicated staff who led them.
The festival attracts school jazz ensembles from all around the country with some 4000 students descending on Mt Gambier to play jazz, listen to jazz and to learn from other talented musicians. The main venue, a massive marquee tent with seating for 6000, was filled on Saturday night to hear the front line acts perform, with Kate Cebrano, Idea of North, the One O’Clock Lab band, Wycliffe Gordon and James Morrison providing a ‘once in a lifetime’ jazz experience for young and old. Our jazz ensembles performed incredibly well, mixing it with the best and sharing their talents, whilst gaining a real sense for how jazz is played by the very best. A huge thank you to Mr Tuppen, Mrs Allen, Mrs Lockett, Mr Etheridge and Mr Kelly for their support and mentorship of our students.
There will be the opportunity for you to hear our jazz ensembles perform later this term and, as Molly Meldrum used to say, “do yourself a favour, you won’t be disappointed!”