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Success at the National Youth Jazz Competition!

On 1st April, the Stage Band and the PHS Quintet Jazz Combo travelled to Tauranga for the National Youth Jazz Festival.  

There were over 400 students from 42 schools competing aver two days, giving 45 performances in the Baycourt Theatre. Each ensemble played their set and was given an on-stage workshop with one of the judges. 

Two of our musicians were presented with individual awards. The standard of musicianship was extremely high across the competition, so being selected for an individual award is a significant personal achievement. Congratulations to:

  • Alex Vujanic for being awarded the trophy for Most Outstanding Saxophonist
  • Devin O’Callaghan for being awarded the trophy for Best Big Band Drummer 

Our two ensembles were both awarded Gold Certificates and the Stage Band was presented with the New Orleans Trophy for Most Outstanding Big Band.

Many thanks are given to whanau, friends, teachers and supporters to make this amazing opportunity so successful.

Huge Congratulations to all of our musicians! 

(photos to come – check out the upcoming newsletter)


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