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Jazz and Contemporary Ensembles

Big Band

As the name suggests, the Big Band creates a big sound, with our most experienced jazz musicians covering a range of styles including blues, funk, swing and pop/rock.  This ensemble performs at least one Jazz Night each year, and have been featured performers at the Lord Mayor's Multicultural Balls at Brisbane City Hall. Towards the end of 2013, the band took out almost every major prize at the RedFest Jazz Competition, and in 2014, the Big Band was the first school ensemble in four years to be invited to perform at the Manly Jazz Festival alongside Australian jazz greats.  In 2015 and 2016 this group performed at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Open Day and were invited to be guest performers at their Commodore’s Ball in 2015.

Instrumentation - Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Electric Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Piano and Drums. Vocalists are also featured with this ensemble.

Rehearsal Venue - PA 9

Times - Wednesday 3:40pm to 5:30pm

Conductor - Mr David Adelt

Stage Band

The Stage Band provides an opportunity for intermediate musicians to discover the joy that is jazz and improvised music. As the training ensemble for Big Band, the Stage Band students will develop their understanding of stylistic conventions and improvisation skills. A broad range of repertoire is covered, from classic big band numbers to contemporary funk and rock styles.

Instrumentation - Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, Vibraphone/Auxiliary Percussion, Bass and Drums. From time to time, singers are called upon for vocal numbers.

Rehearsal Venue - SE 3

Times - Wednesday 3:40pm to 5:00pm

Conductor - Mr Lachlan Bell

Jazz Project

Each year, select members of  Big Band and Stage Band will be invited to form the Jazz Project, which focuses on small-group jazz performances. Students learn to improvise over common jazz tunes, and perform regularly both internally and externally. Jazz theory is also a strong component of this ensemble.

Instrumentation - Instrumentation varies each year but can include: Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, Vibraphone, Bass and Drums. From time to time, singers are called upon for vocal numbers.

Rehearsal Venue - PA 7

Times -Monday 7:00am

Conductor - Mr William Martineau

Soul Band

Incorporating styles from Musical Theatre, R&B and Mowtown, this hugely-popular ensemble features some of our most experienced instrumental and vocal students.  This band features as the "Corporate Band" at the close of the Arts Academy Awards. Places are limited, entry will be by audition at the end of each school year, with special auditions at the start of the new school year for students new to Sheldon College.

Instrumentation - Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Keyboard, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drum Kit and harmonised vocals.

Rehearsal Venue - Band Room PA 9

Times - Tuesday 7:00am to 8:15am

Conductor - Mr Lachlan Bell

Tension

Tension is a contemporary ensemble for students in Years 9 to 11. This group combines strings, vocals, rock elements and electronic instruments to create a genre-crossing sound and unique experience for Sheldon College students. The group performs a wide variety of repertoire from artists such as Snarky Puppy, Muse, George and A Perfect Circle. Entry is by invitation for string players and audition for vocalists and rhythm section instrumentalists.

Instrumentation - Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboard, Synth, Bass, Drums, Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass. Auxiliary instruments/players may be added based on repertoire requirements.

Rehearsal Venue - Band Room PA 9

Times - Thursday 7:00am to 8:15am

Rock Band

The Rock Band caters for students of an intermediate and elementary level. This ensemble performs rock and pop music from the 1960's to now. The aim of the Rock Band is to provide our vocal and "Rhythm Section" instrumentalists (such as drummers and guitarists) with the chance to learn, rehearse and perform contemporary music. Places are limited, so entry will be by audition at the end of each College year.

Instrumentation - Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboard, Bass and Drums.

Rehearsal Venue - PA 7

Times - Monday 7:00am to 8:15am

Ensemble Director - Mr Lachlan Bell

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