Waiheke High Jazz band
Waiheke High Jazz band

Music teacher Russell Duurloo reviews Waiheke High School’s latest musical extravaganza.

It’ll be all right on the night. That’s what they say. Not “break a leg” − that’s too negative.

All was going well, the hall was booked, I had a notice in the morning assemblies a week before, the kids were practising well and we were on track. It was a performance for the student’s year 11,12 and 13 NCEA credits. They have to do two solo performances and one group performance to achieve 10 credits (the year 13’s get eight credits for two sets of two pieces in front of a live audience).

Then disaster struck. The jazz band teacher told me they were having a final practice. The kids were going to arrange it through me but that didn’t happen. The weather looked like thunderstorms and lightning – hard to get people out on Waiheke in that weather, and a bad dose of flu was taking out students. At first I was worried that we would take hours to complete all the performances, but now I was worried that we wouldn’t have enough to make the night worthwhile.

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