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Jazz at the Lincoln Centre Orchestra

This week Big Band 1 & 2 members attended a performance given by the superlative Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by nine-time Grammy winner Wynton Marsalis. Wynton was the first jazz artist to be awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in music and has recorded more than 70 albums being the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz Grammy Awards in the same year - a feat he achieved two years in a row. This big band is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players and arrangers in jazz music today with their unique take on jazz classics filling halls right across America and Europe. In this concert/workshop the boys were led in an hour concert, exploring the improvisational genius of Thelonious Monk. It was an amazing experience for both students and staff.


Champagnat Sports Trust Lunch

Well done to the Colleges String Quartet who made their debut 2019 performance at this year’s Champagnat Trust Sports Lunch. Many of the patrons commented on the high standard of playing for such a young group. They definitely have a bright future ahead of them.




Autumn Concert
Thursday 21 March 6:30pm, Draney Theatre

All members of the College community are invited to hear the College’s premier ensembles perform for the first time in full concert mode. This concert will feature the College’s Chamber Strings, Wind Orchestra 1, Big Band 1, Guitar Orchestra 1, Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra.

Admission: $5 per adult / Students free (seats must be reserved).

Tickets can be purchased online at:


Year 5 Musical
Thursday 4 April, Two Performances: 5:00pm & 6:00pm, Draney Theatre

“Joust” A mighty medieval musical with a twist. Imagine a world where all weapons were replaced by musical instruments. Here is the legend of King Arthur and his Knights when Arthur has to pull the sword out of the stone, he must choose between the sword and a Boomwhacker! And when the French arrive, they are armed with recorders! – Admission: Free. Limited seating is available - bookings are essential. Tickets can be purchased online at:


Ashgrove Anzac Day Commemoration Service
Thursday 25 April - March: 7:30am, Service: 7:45am

Stewart Place Memorial Reserve, Cnr Stewart and Waterworks Roads, Ashgrove. Following the ANZAC day march, a combination of our choirs will be performing a reflection as a part of the commemorative service.


Brisbane Youth Jazz Festival
7 - 9 May, Brisbane Jazz Club

Hidden beneath the spans of the Story Bridge, the Brisbane Jazz Club has been fostering live jazz in Brisbane since 1972. The Brisbane Youth Jazz Festival will see jazz bands performing across four days including our very own Big Band 1. The exact performance time will be confirmed closer to the festival date via the Colleges newsletter and app.


Mother Son Mass
Thursday, May 9

Mothers and sons are invited to this special mass where they will hear the beautiful sounds of our Chamber and Performance Choirs.


Winter Concert
Thursday 16 May 6:30pm, Draney Theatre

This concert will feature a number of our intermediate ensembles including Wind Orchestra 2, Big Bands 2 and 3 and Percussion Ensembles 1 & 2, Guitar Orchestra 2A, Performance Choir and Senior Strings.

Admission: $5 per adult / Students free (seats must be reserved). Tickets can be purchased online at:


Battle of the Bands
Sunday 19 May 10:00am, John Eales Grandstand (McMahon Oval)

Come and hear the College’s rock bands battle it out for musical domination. The Battle begins on McMahon Oval after the completion of the Walkathon. This event has launched the careers of multiple Aria award-winning and nominated artists. Who will reign supreme in BOB Stadium?


Queensland Youth Music Awards
Monday 20 May, The Gap State High School

This year Marist Voices will be performing in the Queensland Youth Music Awards. QYMA is one of the state's longest running school music competitions which celebrates the participation of over 4,000 young people in the music making process. The contest provides an environment to motivate young students to develop their skills and raise artistic levels.


May Ensembles Concert
Thursday 23 May 6:30pm, Draney Theatre

Marist has a thriving Music Department which all starts with the energy from our developing ensembles. This concert will present engaging performances from Marist Voices, String Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble 3 and Guitar Orchestra 2B and Guitar Ensemble. 

Admission: $5 per adult / Students free (seats must be reserved). Tickets can be purchased online at:


Percussion Spectacular 2019
Sunday 26 May 11:00am- 3:00pm, Harker Auditorium, Somerville House, 17 Graham St, South Brisbane

This concert will see Percussion Ensemble 1 join ensembles from Somerville House, Mt Alvernia, Padua College, and Ormiston College. This afternoon promises to be a musically enriching experience for our students and a great opportunity to work with percussionists from other schools. Come and see that percussion is much more than just hitting things. Admission: Free.


Studio Concerts
Monday 3 June 3:30pm, Experimental Theatre, Draney Theatre, Green Room and Blue Room.

These intimate concerts will give our piano, guitar, brass, woodwind, string, percussion and vocal students an opportunity to share their solo recital skills in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Admission: Free


Champagnat Day Mass
Thursday 6 June, Champagnat Centre

The College community celebrates Champagnat Day. This service involves Chamber and Performance Choir and Liturgical Combo.


Semester 1 Concert Celebration
Thursday 6 June 6:30pm, Draney Theatre

This concert will present the Colleges premier ensembles in the centrepiece of the Performing and Visual Arts Centre (PVAC); the Molly and Len Draney Theatre. Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Strings, Wind Orchestra 1, Guitar Orchestra 1, Big Band 1, Percussion Ensemble 1 and Chamber Choir will all feature in a concert of outstanding music making. If you only make one concert this year this is a must. Admission: $5 per adult / Students free. Tickets can be purchased online at:


Year 5 Band and Strings Concert
Thursday June 20, 6:00pm, Draney Theatre

Come along and hear Marist’s musical stars of the future. Watch carefully for special guest appearances by some well-known School staff.

Admission: Free. Limited seating is available - bookings are essential. Tickets can be purchased online at:


College & Primary Assemblies

Throughout the semester, various small and large ensembles will feature in Chamber Music Concerts and also at both Junior School Assemblies and Secondary House Meetings. Details of performances will be available via the College Music Website and College Newsletter.

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Mr Andrew Butt
Head of Music
Co-curricular Music