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Marryatville High…and all that jazz

18 May 2018

Marryatville High set a new record as the first school to win 1st place in three Division 1 categories at Generations in Jazz. 

The Division 1 prizes included Marryatville’s Big Band 1 winning the City of Mount Gambier National Stage Band award, the Pops Vocal Ensemble winning the ANZ Large Vocal Ensemble award and Simeon Effect winning the University of South Australia Small Jazz Combo award. 

Renowned for bringing together jazz legends and the stars of tomorrow from across Australia, the celebrated event was held in Mount Gambier on 4-6 May 2018. Marryatville High School sent 75 students and 7 teachers to attend the event, competing across multiple categories with 3 big bands, 3 vocal ensembles and a small jazz combo.

Talented individual students were also recognised including Emma Simpson-Smith winning the coveted Golden Mouthpiece award as the most outstanding lead trumpet player, Thomas Levings securing the Pat Corrigan award and the Alexander Gregory award was presented to Marco Callisto as the most promising pianist in his division.

Charlotte Newhouse and Thomas Levings impressed the panel to be chosen as Future Finalists of the prestigious James Morrison Jazz Scholarship. Six Marryatville students were judged as standout musicians and were rewarded a place in their division’s Superband, including Emma Simpson-Smith on Trumpet 1, Charlotte Newhouse on Trumpet 5, Jasmine Ferguson on Trombone 2, Luka Horner on Trombone 4, Jack Overall on Vibraphone and Jack McMeekin on Percussion. The Future Finalists and Superband members went on to play in the celebrated Festival Finale.

The swag of award accolades also included a 2nd place win in the Division 1 ANZ Small Vocal Ensemble award for vocal group Beyond Corners and a 1st place win in the Division 2 Large Vocal Ensemble section for the Swing Tones.