STUDENTS from across the Douglas region were recognised for their talented musical and performance skills in the Cairns Eisteddfod recently.
Several entrants returned home with medals and Mossman district instrumental music teacher Jenny Guyatt said she is proud of all her students.
The Under-13 wind band of 27 students from Alexandra Bay, Wonga Beach, Miallo, Mossman and Port Douglas had never played together until the Eisteddfod but put in an amazing performance.
“We never practised all together, it was really just for the experience of them all playing in a bigger band and we all got down there they got third,” she said.
“They were wonderful, I thought they might go to pieces but they all played exactly as we had rehearsed and the string orchestra did the same thing and came just behind them in highly commended.”
The combined string ensemble is made of 13 students from Port Douglas, Alexandra Bay and Miallo who also only came together on the night and impressed the judges.
The Mossman State High School jazz band managed to tie for second in the open jazz and stage band section.
“Annie Farnham was the singer with the Tina Turner song River Deep, Mountain High, and she just really did it well and is an awe- some singer as well as Shanice McLean who sang some bluesy tunes,” Ms Guyatt said.
“The next section was the high school band and that’s our percussion ensemble which finished second and played an amazing piece called Junk - they found pieces of junk with different tones.
“They had a score with a certain tonal range, a high metallic sound or a deep sound and the five players had to have two sounds under each drumstick that made 10 sounds all the same, it was really good fun.”
The next concert for some of these talented students of the Douglas region will be at the Mossman Show and the high school’s presentation night in October.
Great effort: the Mossman State High School jazz band
Team effort: the combined Under-13 wind band
Drumming it up: the percussion ensemble