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Say Cheese To Decades Of Musical Talent

Story: Philip Woods | Photo: Terri Hanlon Photography
Jul 24, 2019
Say Cheese to Decades of Musical Talent
Many musicians will agree that being a part of a high school band can provide a platform for young performers to launch from – an opportunity to spread their growing musical wings and fly.

For two decades, Redcliffe High music programs have celebrated this and on Saturday 17 August, the school will host a special Alumni Bands 20th Anniversary wine and cheese night to showcase the school’s musical alumni and to raise money for various school departments and projects.

Emma Nicolopoulos, Redcliffe State High School’s multi instrumental teacher, is organising the evening’s entertainment.

“We’ve been holding the event every year, since 1999, to showcase the talents of the students, so with the 20th anniversary this year, I decided to put a couple of alumni bands together,” Emma said.

“We have around 25 past students involved. Some graduated as far back as 2002, several have families and children now and some are travelling quite a way to be involved; as far away as Doomadgee in North Queensland and Newcastle in NSW.”

The alumni musicians will be performing in a concert band and a stage band on the night.

“The concert band will be doing several pieces, including some nostalgic works that they performed at school, as well as a couple of quite challenging classical works,” Emma said. “The stage band will be playing a range of material, from 60s and 70s funk and soul, including Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin, through to some more modern artists like Bruno Mars. There will definitely be a party vibe!”

All of the musicians have been rehearsing for the event since February, including Chrislyn Hamilton, a former Redcliffe High student who was a contestant on both Australian Idol and The Voice.

Money raised from the event will go towards supporting several school causes, including The Respect Project, the music department and the hospitality department, which will be providing food and beverages for the night.

For more info and tickets search for Reddi High Alumni Bands via or

Reddi High Alumni Bands 20thAnniversary Wine and Cheese Night

Saturday 17 August 2019, 6pm
Redcliffe State High School Hall
Cnr Oxley Ave & Klingner Rd, Redcliffe.