Centenary Heights State High School music ensembles have had a very busy and successful few nights performing in the Toowoomba Eisteddfod held at the Empire Theatre. On Thursday 27 July our String Orchestra gained 1st place and the String Ensemble gained a Highly Commended in the Secondary String Ensemble Section. As well, our Small String Ensemble A gained 3rd place in the Small String Ensemble Section (5-9 players). Our Ensemble B did not gain a place but performed amazingly for their first Eisteddfod experience.
What a great start to what was a huge few days of performances for our ensembles!
The following Saturday our String Quartet gained a 3rd place in their section Secondary String Quartet/Trio. This was a very competitive section with only a point separating each of the places.
On Sunday night our Stage Band won their section – Secondary A Grade Stage Bands. Again there was some strong competition but our students set the bar high by playing first.
Monday night saw our Concert Band 2 competing in the B Grade Concert Band Section. This band was made up mostly of Year 7 and Year 8 students and was mentored by some of our older students. They did themselves and the school very proud.
Concert Band A performed brilliantly in their section, A Grade Concert Band and won their section with 91 marks.
Due to our great results in both the Concert Bands and Stage Bands, our ensembles were awarded the Regional Instrumental Music Trophy for the highest aggregate marks.
Such is the depth of our musical talent that we were one of only two schools that had an ensemble in both A Grade and B Grade. This is the second year that the Strings and the Concert Band have won their sections.
Congratulations to our students who played superbly in what was a very close competition.
Head of Department for Performing Arts Mrs Amy McAleer could not speak highly enough of Jeff Poole (Multi-instrumental teacher) and Jess Johansen (Strings teacher) for their work over the past months and especially the last couple of weeks in ensuring our students perform to their best, and also Naden Gray for his work with our percussion students.