Minister for Education, Training and Employment
The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

Jazz legend James Morrison to help budding performers

Sixteen of Queensland’s most talented state school student musicians are trumpeting their skills after being selected to star onstage with jazz legend James Morrison in this year’s Creative Generation – State Schools Onstage.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said students from around Queensland would take part in a two-day workshop on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 June with the internationally acclaimed musician and Queensland Music Festival Artistic Director before performing in the show.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these talented students to practise and sharpen their skills under the tutorship of one of the world’s best known jazz musicians,” Mr Langbroek said.

“It will be the first time the students get to play with James before they take to the stage together in four weeks’ time as The James Morrison Creative Generation Big Band.

“Teachers will also benefit, with James Morrison conducting a professional development sess ion for educators during the workshop.”

The workshop will be held at Cleveland District State High School. The students will then go on to perform as part of Creative Generation on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 July 2012 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

As well as The James Morrison Creative Generation Big Band, the show will feature more than 1500 students from ages five to 18 including a 600-voice choir, 600 dancers, 30 featured soloists and a 65-piece symphony orchestra.

Creative Generation – State Schools Onstage 2012 is presented by the Department of Education, Training and Employment, is sponsored by Queensland University of Technology and QSuper and supported by media partners The Courier-Mail, Network Ten and 97.3FM.

Tickets to Creative Generation – State Schools Onstage are available through Ticketek on 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au.

For more information visit www.creativegeneration.deta.qld.gov.au.

James Morrison will be at Cleveland District State High School, Russell Street, Cleveland, on Thursday 21 June from 9.30am-11.30am and Friday 22 June from 9.30am-2pm. A full list of students in The James Morrison Creative Generation Big Band, who will be practising with James this Thursday and Friday, follows.

THE JAMES MORRISON CREATIVE GENERATION BIG BAND

  • Andrew Ashton, Bray Park State High School (Alto saxophone)
  • Erin Lyons, Mansfield State High School (Alto saxophone)
  • Daniel Elvery, Mansfield State High School (Tenor saxophone)
  • Ashleigh Howell, Mountain Creek School High School (Baritone saxophone)
  • William Foster, Helensvale State High School (Trumpet)
  • Zachary Chambers, Kelvin Grove State College (Trumpet)
  • Tim Reed, Cleveland District State High School (Trumpet)
  • Brendan Schoenmaker, Kedron State High School (Trumpet)
  • Drew Sonter, Beaudesert State High School (Trombone)
  • Jarrod Chambers, Cavendish Road State High School (Trombone)
  • Catherine Stanley, Park Ridge State High School (Trombone)
  • Stuart Reddan, Mountain Creek State High School (Bass trombone)
  • Justin Markoski, Stanthorpe State High School (Guitar)
  • Ben Goulter, Toowoomba State High School (Bass)
  • Katie Robinson, Coorparoo State College (Piano)
  • Harrison White, Helensvale State High School (Drum kit)