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



Rocky police reveal public spot where huge cannabis crop found

A crop of 142 cannabis plants was found on the banks of the Fitzroy River, south of Norbridge Park.

Passers-by stumbled across bumper drug crop

REVEALED: $800M CQ development to create 350 jobs

Lacour Energy is undertaking a feasibility study into the project.

Lacour Energy has embarked on a feasibility study

Rocky hockey's rising star ready for rep duties in NZ

ON TOUR: Jaedon Evans, pictured playing for Wanderers A-grade men in the Rockhampton competition, is gearing up to represent the Queensland under-19 schoolboys side in New Zealand.

"It's going to be awesome and a great experience all-round.”

Local Partners

Pamela Anderson's boyfriend jealous of famous Australian

MARSEILLE defender Adil Rami is “terribly jealous” of girlfriend Pamela Anderson’s relationship with a famous Australia sange, says the actress.

Margot Robbie’s bizarre red carpet look

Australian actress Margot Robbie poses for photographers during the world premiere of Goodbye Christopher Robin in Leicester square in London.

ORANGE eye shadow, wet-look hair and a frilly, ill-fitting frock?

Aussie slays partner with virtual reality proposal

Reality and virtual reality collide. Picture: Supplied

He even managed to transport partner back to hometown

MOVIE REVIEW: Ninjago is LEGO's first letdown

Lloyd (voiced by Dave Franco) in a scene from animated adventure film The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

LEGO Ninjago Movie is a bit average when compared to earlier films.

The burning questions left after Bachelorette

The Bachelorette premiere was packed full of both hilarious and cringe-worthy moments.

THE premiere was a wild ride, but it left us with some questions.

BIG SWEATY MESS: The Bachelorette descends into chaos

The Bachelorette descends into chaos.

SOPHIE’S reality debut was filled with ego clashes and nudie runs.

MOVIE REVIEW: New Kingsman flick can’t repeat trick

Taron Egerton in a scene from the movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is carrying too much flab.