A Border school now boasts six Victorian musical champions.
Three pipers and three drummers from The Scots School Albury Pipe Band claimed sections of the state titles in Melbourne, held over the past two weekends.
Thomas White (novice 2/4 march), Dylan Forge (novice strathspey and reel) and Liam Nicolson (D grade 6/8 march) won at the Victorian Solo Piping Championships on July 28.
Scots pipe band co-ordinator Scott Nicholson said the adjudicators took sound quality, technique and musicality into account throughout the various categories.
“They’re specific bagpipe idioms that have been played for centuries, primarily based upon dances,” he said.
At the Victorian Solo Drumming Championships on Sunday, Isabella Plunkett (B grade tenor), Indyana Bridgman (D grade tenor) and Damon Wright (D grade snare) led their groups.
“Damon is currently the Australian, ACT, South East Asian and Victorian champion,” Mr Nicolson said.
He praised the efforts of all the pipers and drummers who represented The Scots School Albury at the titles.
“It’s a culmination of hard work and a lot of hard practice,” the co-ordinator said.
The pipe band members, along with all the Scots music students, will showcase their abilities on Thursday at the school’s 2018 music festival, a tradition for more than 20 years.
Choral director Alison Mitchell said the annual showcase would feature a movies theme, complete with a red carpet, walk of fame stars and dressed-up music staff.
The night’s music will come from films such as The Avengers, Batman Forever, Sister Act, The Lion King, Gladiator, Star Wars and Mamma Mia.
Mrs Mitchell said the usual student music awards would be announced during the evening, like the Logies with an envelope opening, and a formal farewell given to the year 12 musicians.
“Our year 12s are often our most able participants by that stage, and so it’s a big thing for us to let them go, but we need to let them go and focus their attention on their studies now,” she said.
A range of different vocal and instrumental groups that have been practising hard will perform.
“Our head of arts described the behaviour of the music faculty as Flight of the Bumblebee … we are crazy busy, but also excited and having fun,” she said.
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