The Emerald State High School Symphonic Band played its way to a top award at the Queensland Festival of Music in Brisbane.
The Emerald State High School Symphonic Band played its way to a top award at the Queensland Festival of Music in Brisbane.

A platinum performance

YOU couldn't wipe the smiles off these 45 Emerald State High School students, after they returned from Brisbane with an impressive music award.

The Symphonic Band recently competed in the Queensland Festival of Music and the students were absolutely thrilled to take home a platinum award.

Band director and instrumental music teacher Dana Jones couldn't have been more impressed with the group.

"Our students have been working hard all year in preparation for the competition," she said.

"Our task was to perform three concert pieces with one set piece. Our set piece, Viper, was technically challenging and difficult."

The Queensland Festival of Music is the largest band competition in the southern hemisphere and runs for more than a month.

"Our students held on to their nerves and performed very well," Mrs Jones said.

Mrs Jones said she was hoping to win gold after seeing the students perform, but when the judges announced Emerald had won the platinum "there were tears all round".

"It was an exceptional achievement," she said.

"Our students performed brilliantly with excellent feedback from the adjudicator. They thoroughly deserved their win."

The adjudicator was extremely impressed with the students, noting excellent work from the soloists and excellent intonation.


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