The annual Combined Music Showcase featured specialist music program students from North Albany and Albany Senior High Schools at the Albany Entertainment Centre on Tuesday 10 August 2021.
From brass, woodwind, strings, percussion and voice, NASHS students were represented in the combined concert bands, orchestras and woodwind highlight, the NASHS General Music Rock Band “Dysfunktional”, a stellar performance by the NASHS Choir (featuring a solo by Luke Pascoe), the classical guitar highlight by Reagan Beer, Mark Basa, and Edwin Savery, and the contemporary highlight by Sharni Smith and Angus Rennie.
As well as performing on stage in several ensembles, Year 12 students Brooke Ferguson and Mark Basa took on the roles of MC for the evening. Commitment to their instrument lessons, ensemble rehearsals, and individual practice paid off as NASHS students held their own both on stage and off and were especially commended for their professionalism and patience during a day-long technical rehearsal on Monday and backstage during the Tuesday night performance.
On Friday 13 August, the General Music Recital showcased a diverse combination of group pieces and solos by the Year 11 and 12 General Music Students. From the class band, “Dysfunktional” rocking out while the audience danced in the aisles to beautiful duets, soulful solos, and small group pieces, these kids have got it all! Their energy, commitment, passion, and drive to succeed is inspiring with students showing initiative in all elements of the recital, from lighting and sound production, setting up the venue, and rehearsing and supporting each other as musicians and peers. It is a real privilege to support these young musicians and we look forward to seeing their continued growth and development this year and beyond.
Mrs McNally & Dr. Anwar
Music & Voice Teacher