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Twilight Jazz On The Green

On Friday 18 May, the Ormiston College Music Department hosted its inaugural Twilight Jazz On The Green. As the sun began to set, audience members lounged around on picnic rugs and comfy chairs in the Junior School courtyard as they enjoyed the beautiful sounds of our student and guest performers. The Junior School courtyard was transformed into a festive atmosphere with outdoor staging, bright lights, wood-fired pizzas and an outdoor bar and canteen; the perfect atmosphere for an afternoon and evening of high quality Jazz music performed by our very own students.

 The evening was kicked off by a performance by our Jazz Ensemble, comprising students from Year 6 through to Year 8 under the direction of Mr Jason Taggart. The stage was then taken by our premier jazz ensemble, the OC Big Band, under the direction of Mrs Victoria Taylor and Mr Timothy Harding as they brilliantly tackled an enormous amount of repertoire in an impressive hour set of Jazz charts. This part of the evening included a featured performance by Year 11 vocal student, Anneka Cannon.

 The middle part of the evening welcomed our headline act - TENORI - to the stage where they wowed the appreciative audience with their amazing renditions of their most popular songs. At the end of this set, TENORI member and OC vocal tutor, Mr Craig Atkinson welcomed Year 10 student, Madeleine Sloan to the stage where she performed "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" made famous by Marylin Monroe, and "City of Stars" from La La land.

 In the latter part of the evening, TENORI were joined by our very own OC Big Band in an impressive final set of swing charts as well as a few more contemporary pop numbers.

 The achievements of our students in the lead up to, and on the night itself, have been outstanding. Congratulations to you all and thank you to the Music staff involved in the event. An extra special thanks goes to Mrs Victoria Taylor, our amazing Big Band director and OC Band coordinator, as none of this would have been possible without her vision, leadership and guidance.

 Emma Dron

Director of Music