25 May, 2024

Toogoolawah High School students rock competitions

Toogoolawah State High School’s (TSHS) music bands achieved an impressive trophy list, as the bands competed in events at Laidley and Centenary state high schools.

Concert band won two weeks in a row.
Concert band won two weeks in a row.

At Laidley on May 9, TSHS earned three trophies in this year’s ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition, while TSHS’s concert band also won gold the following Thursday at Centenary Heights’ Fanfare Festival.

Thirty-five TSHS students from Years 7 to 11 were involved at Laidley, with TSHS’s rock band winning the Rock Band trophy, the concert band winning the Concert Band trophy, and the stage band winning the Stage Band trophy.

TSHS’s conductor Adam Smith said it felt great to receive three trophies, while “it felt even better to play together as a wider community with Lockyer and Laidley musicians”.

“Performing together reminded us of how powerful it is when people come together to make effective teams,” he said.

Mr Smith said a lot of time and eff ort went into preparation, and that the TSHS bands rehearsed every week, while the combined bands workshopped for just one day to make the three school collaboration of ‘Skyfall’ and ‘The Muppet Show’ come together.

The following week, TSHS’s 30-piece concert band was involved at Fanfare for the first time in the Division 3 Concert Band category and won gold.

Mr Smith thanked Sharon Gilbert “for organising such a wonderful event”.

“Our musicians represented our school so very well and helped each other out,” Mr Smith said.

“This has certainly informed our future music-making and has injected quite a bit of excitement to find out what may be next for TSHS music.

“They really worked hard to deliver a fearless and effective performance.”

Mr Smith also said the support of teachers, parents and the administration at TSHS was outstanding.

TSHS rock band won the Rock Band trophy for performing ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’.
TSHS rock band won the Rock Band trophy for performing ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit'.

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