Per­for­mance praised

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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