Entertainment

Teenage drummer boy Jack beats out the rivals

TOP PERFORMANCE: TCC student Jack Keily won an Excellence Award at the Queensland’s Catholic Schools’ and Colleges’ Music Festival last month.
TOP PERFORMANCE: TCC student Jack Keily won an Excellence Award at the Queensland’s Catholic Schools’ and Colleges’ Music Festival last month. Chris Ison Rokcmusic

JACK Keily picked up a set of drumsticks when he was five years old, and hasn't put them down since.

"My older brother plays the guitar and my mum's into music too, so I decided I'd play the drums," the 15-year-old said.

"Mum wanted her own little rock band."

With 10 years of playing the instrument under his belt, The Cathedral College student was recently recognised for his skills.

At Queensland's Catholic Schools' and Colleges' Music Festival last month, Jack was presented with an Excellence Award for his performance in the Jazz Ensemble.

"It was really exciting to win. I ran to the front of the stage when I heard my name," Jack said.

The percussionist joined more than 100 students from TCC to perform at the festival, which had them take out a string of awards.

The Choir, Girls' Vocal Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Contemporary Band were just a few of the winning groups from the Rockhampton school.

Jack, who's in Year 11, has attended the festival annually since Year 8 and said that while it was about the music, it was about making new friends and meeting new musicians as well.

TCC instrumental director Michael Jones said it was great to see the students take away so many awards.

"It's great for the kids to be rewarded for their effort," Mr Jones said.

"It's a confirmation for them that they are learning and improving."

AWARDS

The Cathedral College took out several awards at the Queensland Catholic Schools' and Colleges' Music Festival

Gold: Choir, Girls' Vocal Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Contemporary Band

Silver: Concert Band, Guitar Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Men's Vocal Ensemble, String Orchestra and String Chamber Group

Bronze: Stage Band and Percussion Band

Topics:  drums, jazz, music, the cathedral college




$1.6 million to new council pound facilities

Katina Kilpatrick

The council has made room in the budget

BYTE ME: Last week of free upgrades

RUNNING OUT: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at an event demonstrating the new features of Windows 10 at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

There will be no free upgrades to Windows soon

Latest deals and offers


Your Chance to Win

A Holiday to Kingfisher Bay!
Learn More

48 HOURS ACROSS THE REGION

BOOTCAMP FUNDRAISER: Gracemere woman Nicole Parlett is fundraising this weekend to trek the Kokoda Trail in September in a bid to raise funds for Beyond Blue and tackle the stigma surrounding mental health.

What's On in CQ region this weekend

What's on the small screen this week

MasterChef Australia's final four contestants, from left, Harry Foster, Elena Duggan, Elise Franciskovic and Matt Sinclair.

MASTERCHEF makes way for The Bachelor on Ten's reality TV slate.

Guy Sebastian a hit at Splendour in the Grass

Guy Sebastian performs at Splendour in the Grass with Paces.

REALITY TV judge a hit with festival crowd.

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

Indigenous artist shows tourists secrets of Aboriginal painting

Ever thought "I could do that" about Aboriginal art?

Dynamic pics from Splendour Day 1

The Strokes perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Check out the latest pictures from Splendour in the Grass.

Bindi Irwin: 18 magic photos to mark her 18th birthday

Bindi Irwin with a python.

Photos: Bindi Irwin from babyhood to 18

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Iconic Denison St building sold for close to $1M

The Swan Hotel building in Denison St.

ONE of Rockhampton’s most iconic buildings has been sold

Unique Rockhampton bar hits the market

HOT PROPERTY: Cuban themed bar Chango Chango is up for sale.

Popular Rocky bar hits the market.

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd