Emily wins jazz bursary

HIGH school music students from across the coast performed at the Caloundra Power Boat Club on Saturday August 28 vying for the 2021 Youth ‘n’ Jazz bursary presented by the Sunshine Coast Jazz Club.

Maleny State High School year 11 student Emily Davies was declared the winner of the vocal section and presented with $1,000 to pursue her musical passion. An additional $500 cheque was presented to her school’s music department.

Fellow Maleny High student Shelby Rose Johnson was also one of the eight finalists in this year’s music bursary.

Each of the finalists performed two songs supported by professional band Rick Best and The Day Trippers to enhance their performance.

Brian Fane, a life member of the Sunshine Coast Jazz Club, said the students were outstanding in their presentation, choice of songs and confidence in front of an appreciative audience.

“The students were judged by a panel of industry professionals who had to look for small nuances to differentiate between each entrant, which was not an easy task as they each performed brilliantly,” Brian said.

The winner of the instrumental section was Joel Sanchez-Carn from St Andrews Anglican College who played electric guitar.

Trophies and a cash prize were given to each of the other six competing students as encouragement awards for their excellent performances.

Schools are encouraged to participate in the Sunshine Coast Jazz Club’s Youth ‘n’ Jazz school music bursary for 2022. More details will be posted on the club’s website at the beginning of next year.