Brass band from St Andrews College at Redlynch praised for skill at Cairns Eisteddfod
A HIGH-achieving group of musicians from St Andrew's Catholic College at Redlynch have earned rare praise at the Cairns and District Junior Eisteddfod.
"The school’s jazz band would stand up against any school band nationally and the brass players were the best collection of brass players I have ever heard," eisteddfod judge and professional musician, Dr Robert Keane, said.
He gave the St Andrew’s brass band an outstanding score of 95 and the jazz band a score of 94, marks which he said he would just as likely award to a group playing the classical works of legendary composer Mozart.
Saxophone and flute player Jazmin Ealden said she loved to get involved in the eisteddfod because it was the only time of year she could participate in this sort of performance.
Carlin Hara-Crockford said he would like to see more concert opportunities in Cairns with different venues and more chances for solo artists.
St Andrew’s music department head teacher Maureen Cameron said she had never been more proud of a group of students.
"They are an exceptionally talented bunch and it’s a privilege to lead such a dedicated and committed team," Mrs Cameron said.
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Special talent: The skills of St Andrews College band members (from left) Bryce Hara-Crockford, Jazmin Ealden, Emily Clayton and Carlin Hara-Crockford have stunned judges. Picture: ANNA ROGERS