Archive for the ‘Rock’ Category

Champagnat Day Music Performance

Friday 12 June, 2009
Champagnat Day Music Performance

St. Marcellin Champagnat @ McNamara's Blog

Year 11 and 12 boys performed superbly for the Champagnat Day music performance afternoon on 5th June 2009. Here are some clips of their performances for you to enjoy…

Zion: Story of My Life – Frankie J
Declan, Blake, Albert & Darren: All the Small Things – Blink 182
Louie & Declan: Talking Bird – Death Cab for Cutie


Reggie, Andrew, Tim, Paul & Joseph: This Love – Maroon 5
Clarence: Europa – Santana


Reggie, Tim, Andrew, Paul & Joseph: Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
Dean: Europa – Santana (improvised)
Louie, Declan, Blake & Darren: Always Where I Need To Be – The Kooks


Indent – Youth Music Advisor

Wednesday 8 April, 2009

Indent is funded by Arts NSW and stages under 18’s and all-ages music events in NSW. They are looking for two young people aged between 12 and 25 to join the Indent Advisory Group as a Youth Music Advisor. Interested applicants should have experience in youth events in the local community and have an interest in music and youth culture.

If you are interested in applying for the Indent Advisory Group then email the Indent Project Manager at or phone MusicNSW on 02 9699 9706 if you have any questions regarding the application. Entries close the 8th May 2009.

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The 51st Grammy Awards

Wednesday 11 February, 2009

The Grammys are America’s annual music industry awards. They cover all music genres. Let’s list some award categories… rock, classical, jazz, blues, gospel, pop, dance, alternative, R&B, rap, hip-hop, new age, country, Latin, folk, reggae, polka, children’s, comedy, musicals and soundtracks. Wow, that’s a lot of awards! While I think The Grammys are simply a puppet for the music industry to congratulate themselves, there are still some great musicians amongst it all.

Here are some clips of winning artists and their songs. Unfortunately all YouTube clips of the Grammy awards night have been banned, so clips of live performances have been used. Enjoy!

Song of the Year / Best Pop Performance by a Group or Duo with Vocals / Best Rock Album: Viva La Vida by Coldplay

Best New Artist / Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Chasing Pavements by Adele

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Say by John Mayer

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Gravity by John Mayer

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Superwoman by Alicia Keys

Click here to see the full list of Grammy Award nominees and winners. Please leave a comment, let us know if you liked a song, thought a song was terrible, or thought there was a song that should’ve been posted!

School Ensembles for 2009

Saturday 13 December, 2008

I would like you boys to start thinking about music groups and ensembles you would like to participate in for 2009. Here are some ideas…

  • Rock group
  • Jazz ensemble
  • Lebanese drumming group
  • Reggae ensemble
  • Barbershop choir
  • R&B ensemble
  • Classical guitar ensemble
  • DJ group
  • Percussion ensemble

Do any of these ensembles interest you? If so, please leave a comment! Is there a group not mentioned here? If so, please leave a comment.

I have made a poll, and if there is sufficient interest from this post, I will post it here to see what groups boys are interested in.

So what can you do during the holidays to prepare? Think of a song list, practice some songs, contact other students who may be interested, look for any music material online (audio files, YouTube videos, TABs, public domain sheet music), go to Allans Print Music and see if there is music I can buy for you, email me any questions or information you have so I can go over it with you (my school email is “aclare@” with the usual school ending).

So get involved! Let’s make 2009 an awesome year for music at our school!

Kick Back to Some Music

Wednesday 9 July, 2008

Hey guys! I noticed there were quite a few hits over the past week, so I thought I’d post some audio and music links to give you some food for thought and some study music to kick back to.

Firstly… “Cog”. If you haven’t checked out this cutting edge Sydney band, then you’re missing out!

  • Cog @ (link currently unavailable, hopefully online soon) – Awesome blog post with “Resonate” mp3, you can actually download it (right click “mp3” – “save target as”) and put it on your mp3 player or mobile!
  • Cog’s Player @ MySpace – the band’s own music player from their Cog MySpace Music page. Wow 600,000 plays!
  • Cog @ Wikipedia – Find out how it all began. Maybe your band will be posted on Wikipedia one day?!
  • Triple J Live – A huge selection of recordings from all the latest bands. Check out Cog‘s eight song setlist! Forty minutes of awesome Aussie rock! WARNING ***Low Level Coarse Language***

And some links for your general listening pleasure…

  • Triple J Unearthed – Unearthed for the big boys and girls. Some radio edits on the current five nominees for this prestigious award.
  • Take 40 Player @ – Cool browser player with heaps of songs that include video clips. Click the purple arrow for more song lists and if your bandwidth can handle it, try “super” video quality and go full screen! Music videos on demand for free!

If you find any other groovy Aussie music sites, please let me know by commenting to this post and I’ll include them here! Enjoy your holidays and keep the spirit of Aussie music alive!

Triple J Unearthed High

Saturday 5 July, 2008

And the winner is… Is!

The band “Is” from Macdonald College, North Strathfield NSW, took out the Triple J Unearthed High competition in May this year. Check out the competition details here and listen to their story hereDownload and listen to their winning track. I think you guys can do this! Get involved, start a band, practice during lunchtime or after school and win! Easy… right? So come and see me to orgainise a practice time in Term 3 and who knows, you might be the winners in 2009!