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Music News


Year 5 Musical “Joust”

On the final Thursday evening of Term 1, the young gentlemen of Year 5 starred in their debut performance at Marist - wowing audiences with their production of “Joust”, a mighty medieval musical. The Year 5 Musical saw the boys portray the legend of King Arthur and his Knights, with a musical twist. We couldn’t be prouder of the show the boys put on and we look forward to seeing them grow in their musical journey here. Big congratulations to all the boys and music staff involved especially Miss Rhiannon Fenn, who was the driving force behind the project and Mr Darian Johns for his starring role in the show.


Ashgrove Anzac Day Commemoration Service

Well done to the College’s Performance Choir, who following the Anzac Day March performed a reflection piece as a part of the commemorative service. Once again, they did the College proud.


Basement Jaxx Concert

Congratulations to Year 7 students Jesse Pattel-Brown and Daniel Cusack, who performed with Basement Jaxx on Thursday, April 18 at QPAC. The boys were part of a group of 10 singers, handpicked from Voices of Birralee, who joined the UK Electro Pop group on stage for their hit song “Where’s Your Head At”. The boys thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to not only perform with Basement Jaxx, but also to watch the rest of the show from side stage and experience all the theatre excitement of hair, make-up & costumes.


Dr Andrew Butt
Head of Music
Co-curricular Music




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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