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16/05/2014

Instrumental music students  participate in fanfare

 

Charters Towers State High School Instrumental Music students have been working extremely hard over the last 10 weeks preparing for the 2014 fanfare competition in Townsville. Fanfare is a Queensland State Education band competition running every two years and only open to state schools. There is no first, second or third, however participation, bronze, silver and gold awards are based on a set of criteria on which the adjudicator assesses.
 
On Tuesday, 6 May, thirty students and Mr Daley took a bus to meet me in Townsville where they represented State High in two divisions of the competition:

  • Division 3 – Big Band
  • Division 2 – Wind Symphony


There was a hectic change over from the primary school to secondary school section but students changed quickly, warmed up and hit the stage with the Big Band set first. They played four charts: Moves like Jagger, Autumn Leaves, After Sunset featuring a wonderful alto saxophone solo by Nikita Oliver, and Fiesta del Tigre. Their timing, articulation and dynamics were amazing.

The State High Big Band received a silver award. In 2010 and 2012 the band was only a bronze level, thus this was a great achievement to start the competition.

The Wind Symphony was up next, performing three works: Snake Charmer, Dreamsong featuring Sophie Baron as the piano soloist and Counterbalance. What an amazing sound they made. I was speechless with the quality of work they had achieved. The other bands in the section were also extremely good and our end results were in the hands of the adjudicator. In 2010 and 2012 the band only received a participation award. This year the State High Wind Symphony received a gold award. What an achievement! The band then got the entire theatre, students, parents and even the adjudicator singing Happy Birthday to Lara-Jane Kimber. The day really was a spectacular milestone for Charters Towers.

Earlier in the day, the Charters Towers Combined Band, featuring Year 6 and 7 students from Richmond Hill State School, Millchester State School and Central State School attended their first fanfare and also received a gold award and took out the
NQ Regional Award for Best Primary School Band 2014.

I truly am grateful for the students’ hard work and their commitment to me.

I truly am grateful to the parents and caregivers who have supported me, their child and the education of music. It couldn’t happen without them.

Haddon Mossley, Director of Music