14 August 2017

Music Department

A big welcome to everyone as we begin Music 2014, a year that is full of exciting events and concerts. Rehearsals have already begun with the Scotch College Concert Band meeting on Tuesday for boys in Years 8 and 9, and Wednesday for boys in Years 10, 11 and 12. Both of these groups will join together to perform at the first Senior Assembly of 2014 on Friday morning.

In the first week of school we welcomed John Morrison (James Morrison's brother) to Scotch to work with our senior Big Band musicians, particularly the drummers and rhythm section players, as John is one of Australia's foremost jazz drummers. While John worked with the Big Band rhythm sections his wife Jacki Cooper workshopped the senior vocal students. The experience of working with both these outstanding musician educators has really assisted in our boys' preparations for the upcoming tour to South Australia and the Generations in Jazz event in Mt Gambier.

John Morrison is an Australian Jazz Drummer, Musician and experienced Educator. Voted as one of Australia's best Big Band drummers, his big band "Swing City" was selected to open the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Throughout his career John Morrison and his many groups have headlined every major event and festival in Australia. John's driving swing feel has been heard with many internationally well known artists including James Moody, Scott Hamilton, Richie Cole, Christian McBride, John and Jeff Clayton, Garry Dial, Jimmy Whitherspoon, Eartha Kitt, Bobby Gebert, Don Burrows, George Golla, and Bob Barnard. He leads the Big Band Swing City, who together with James Morrison played the prerecorded fanfare played at the opening of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and more than twelve years later remains a top act.

Jacki Cooper has been a regular feature of the Australian jazz scene since 1990 and now resides in Sydney. Jacki is a regular at jazz festivals around the country and performed with leading international jazz artists around the world

Jacqui Cooper John Morrison and Jacqui

There is a range of exciting musical events organised for the term including the following dates:

Upcoming Dates

10 February, FOSM Meeting

8 March, Symphony By The Lake

14 March, Open Day

21 March, Music Department Quiz Night

30 March, Wednesday, Quarry Performance for Combined Ensembles as guests of PLC

4 April, Thursday, Senior Summer Concert

Friends of Scotch Music (FOSM) a group of parents who enthusiastically support the work of boys and staff in the Music Department is meeting on the following dates throughout the year beginning with the first meeting on Summer Term Week 2, 10th February. All meetings begin at 7.00pm, go for approximately one hour, and are held in the Senior School MUSIC Room with everyone welcome. Please consider becoming involved in the FOSM Parent Support group as an excellent way to support your son and the Music Programme at Scotch College.

Contact Details

The Instrumental Programme is administered by the Senior School Music Department and all queries should be directed to the Music Administrator, Julia Robinson (9383 6841) music@scotch.wa.edu.au.

Alternately, please contact Mr David Coughlan, Head of Music, via email DGCoughlan@scotch.wa.edu.au or phone 9383 6842.

If you wish to become more involved in supporting the Music Department by receiving information about the work of FOSM, please contact FOSM@scotch.wa.edu.au.