Churchie’s Big Band 2 ensemble was the top Queensland achiever in the recent Generations in Jazz festival. The band won second place in their division – the only Queensland school to win a place in the national competition for jazz stage bands.
Big Band 2 comprises students in Years 7 to 11. Student Ned Cook was also recognised as best baritone saxophone player and bass clarinettist in the division.
The festival was created in 1987 by Australian jazz legend James Morrison and is regarded as one of Australia's premier jazz events, attended by 4400 students from more than 100 Australian schools.
Band Director Mr Paul Kriesch said, ‘The band wowed the judges at the prestigious event with a blistering set of swing tunes, blues and ballads.’
‘The band pulled out all the stops, giving their best performance so far. The hours of practice, extra rehearsals, lunchtime sectionals and lead-up gigs were definitely worth it. The boys did Churchie proud with a sensational performance.’
See their performances below:
Afterwards, the boys enjoyed watching performances from internationally renowned musicians, including James Morrison, Kate Cebrano, Wycliffe Gordon The Idea of North and One O’Clock Lab Band.
Watch the video below created by ABC Jazz about this year's Generations in Jazz, featuring an interview with Ned Cook.