Stage set for three-day Generations in Jazz festival extravaganza

Stage set for three-day Generations in Jazz festival extravaganza

Big bands, bright lights and all that jazz are set to hit Mount Gambier this weekend, as Generations in Jazz takes the stage.

Mount Gambier’s much loved jazz festival will kick off tomorrow and run through to Sunday, with music lovers encouraged to secure their seats for the gala concert and other performances.

Much-loved musicians Kate Ceberano and Budjerah will headline the gala concert, along with a host of international artists, with tickets selling well.

Generations in Jazz board member Kylie Boston said organisers were thrilled to be back for another exciting year at the festival.

“It’s been a challenging time for many events and festival across Australia, but we’re grateful to be returning stronger than ever,” she said.

“This year, we’re particularly looking forward to the incredible talent and energy that all the participating students and teachers will bring.

The festival is a fantastic opportunity for young musicians to showcase their skills and passion for jazz.

“Our main attractions this year include renowned guest artists, inspiring workshops, and of course, thrilling performances from some of the best school jazz bands in the country.

The level of talent and dedication we see at GIJ is always remarkable.”

Mrs Boston said, in terms of numbers, there had been a significant increase in participation compared to last year.

“Despite the challenges of the pandemic affecting school music programs, we have seen over 1000 more participants register for this year’s event,” she said.

“We now have a total of 4500 registered students and teachers attending from 100 schools across Australia which is truly exciting.

“Having the big top back plus another 12 pavilions across the entire site adds an extra layer of excitement and atmosphere to the festival.

It’s a wonderful experience for everyone involved and creates a vibrant, communal space where music truly comes alive.

“We encourage anyone who has never been out to visit GIJ to come and see just how big it truly is.”

Ms Boston said organisers were looking forward to a fantastic celebration of jazz music and youth talent.

“The enthusiasm and dedication of all the participants make this event truly special, and we cannot wait to see what this year’s festival will bring,” she said.

“The festival officially kicks off on Friday with an electrifying opening concert featuring the Sydney-based funk band the Hot Potato Band.

This concert promises to set the tone for an unforgettable weekend of music and camaraderie,” she said.

“Saturday is when the action really heats up with the schools competition, where over 350 stage bands and ensembles will showcase their talents.

“The public is invited to witness these performances, and buses will be rolling in from as early as 6.30am to accommodate the full day’s program.

It’s going to be a day filled with incredible music and impressive displays of skill from talented young musicians.

“Saturday evening is set to be a highlight with the gala concert featuring a star-studded lineup.

“We have the privilege of welcoming guest artist Migiwa ‘Miggy’ Miyajima from Japan, along with captivating performances by Coco’s Lunch, The Sai Brothers, Kate Ceberano, Budjerah, and the Generations in Jazz Big Band.

“This gala promises to be a spectacular showcase of diverse musical talents and cultural influences.”

Mrs Boston said the festival’s schedule was packed with excitement and promised an enriching experience for all attendees, from participants to music enthusiasts.

“We’re thrilled to be part of this celebration of jazz and youth talent, and we look forward to seeing everyone at Generations in Jazz,” she said.

“In addition to the thrilling events lined up, attendees can conveniently purchase tickets online or at the box office on site over the Generations in Jazz weekend.

“This year’s concerts are truly not to be missed, and with the increased interest from tourists, accommodation across the region is fully booked.

“The festival has become not only a musical extravaganza but also a significant catalyst for tourism in the region.

“With each passing year, the festival witnesses a growing number of families from participating schools eager to visit the region and support their children as they showcase their musical talents.

“For those visiting the site, we have worked hard to increase our offerings introducing an array of food vans and vendors scattered throughout the event, ensuring that attendees can enjoy delicious refreshments and meals while immersing themselves in the festivities.

The combination of incredible music, vibrant atmosphere, and culinary delights promises an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

“We encourage everyone to secure their tickets early and join us for this extraordinary celebration of jazz and emerging talent at Generations in Jazz.

Get ready for a weekend filled with music, excitement, and community spirit.”

The festival’s musical director Jordan Murray expressed his excitement about Kate Ceberano’s return to the Generations in Jazz Festival stage.

“We are delighted to welcome Kate back to GIJ,” he said.

“Her performance in 2016 left an indelible mark, and we knew we had to bring her back to inspire a new generation of musicians.

Her collaboration with the Generations in Jazz Big Band is set to be a magical musical experience.

“Her contribution to the music industry is immeasurable, and her live performances are nothing short of extraordinary.

With her unique style and captivating voice, Kate will undoubtedly elevate the festival experience for our attendees.”

Tickets for the Gala Concert and other festival events are available for the Generations in Jazz website.

Fans are encouraged to secure their seats early for this extraordinary musical celebration.

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