PAC awarded the highest level of music achievement

Author: Andrew Edge, Director of Music, Prince Alfred College.

Generations in Jazz 2019 was like no other, with our students and staff experiencing the highest level of success, unprecedented for PAC – and perhaps a first in the 32-year history of the Generations in Jazz festival. PAC – Big Band 1, took out the overall Winner of the Stage Band Award Division 1,  as well as a number of distinguished awards.

Held in Mt Gambier each year, Generations in Jazz (GIJ), brings together more than 5000 of Australia’s aspiring young Jazz Musicians, with over 130 schools competing for the prestigious awards. The Festival also hosts a growing list of global artists who travel to Mount Gambier annually for the three-day event, including the likes of world class talent, James Morrison.

In this year’s unmatched results, Big Band 1 achieved the following awards:

  • Winner of the Stage Band Awards Division 1
    (PAC 271, Blackburn 270, St Leonards 251)
  • Most Outstanding Rhythm Section Award
  • James Morrison’s Golden Mouthpiece Award – Jack Wu
    (most outstanding lead trumpet player)
  • 6 students selected in the Division 1 Superband – Jackson Miller, Steve Wu, Jack Wu, Lachlan Hislop, Seran Perera and Will Smart.
  • Spirit of Generations Band Director’s Award – Ms Lizzie Gregory

Our other Bands and Vocals also performed strongly, resulting with:

  • Our quite young Big Band 4, placing 4th in Division 4+
  • Big Band 2, 7thin Division 2.2
  • Street Jazz Band, 10thin Small Jazz Combo 1
  • Big Band 3, 19thin Division 3.2
  • Senior Vocal Ensemble 19th, in Vocal Awards Division 3.2.

These are monumental achievements for our College, with a previous best in 2013, of equal 3rd, 1stand 2nd. In previous years, PAC have been dominated by special interest music schools such as Marryatville High School (SA) and Blackburn Highschool (VIC). It is relevant to note that students at these schools, study Music as a double-stream throughout their schooling and receive 3-4 hours of Big Band rehearsals per week, thus making our victory a testament to the work ethic of our students and their passion for their music.

All our boys represented the College superbly with excellent performances and conduct. Our Big Band 2, 3 and 4 are often competing against other school’s First Bands, making Big Band 4’s, 4th place, particularly impressive.

A huge thank you to all staff, students and parents who were involved in this year’s event.

Our Jazz Ensembles – Big Bands, Vocal Group and Small Jazz Combo, focus on GIJ from the start of the school year. Our music students are often juggling their music with sports and academic work, and we love the fact that our students take on challenges in all areas and get the most out of themselves, congratulations to all students for your part this year.

We take this opportunity to acknowledge Ms Lizzie Gregory, Band Director, who has had a significant impact on the music students in her relatively short time with the College. Her infectious passion for music and fun nature is recognised and her award, Spirit of Generations Band Director’s Award”, is certainly well deserved. We must also acknowledge the work of former Director of Bands, Mr Andrew Newhouse and current Bands Coordinator, Mr Adam Mason, for the significant part they have played in the lead up to our success. Generations in Jazz 2019 will certainly go down in the history books at Prince Alfred College.

Andrew Edge
Director of Music PAC