Music Students From Wellington Secondary School Become First Canadian Team to Win at Monterey.
Two grade 12 Students at Wellington Secondary School in Nanaimo have become the first team from outside the United States to win at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival.
Ethan Olynyk is a drummer while Kenton Dick plays the alto saxophone.
“Obviously you fantasize about winning but I had no idea” Olynyk told CHEK News as he described the moments leading up to the announcement.
“When we heard we got first place all of us jumped out of our seats” added Kenton Dick.
They are the first Canadian team, even the first International team to ever win first place.
“I am truly happy for them because they’ve worked so hard. They do so much for the program here at Wellington. They play in so many groups and combos and back so many students up. They’re wonderful mentors to the younger kids” said Wellington music teacher Carmella Luvisotto.
The duo also won soloist awards for their excellent performances.
Adjudicators commented on how the duo was able to sound like more than two people playing.
“Like this is just sax and drums so it was a really big challenge for us to figure out ways to fill in the space in the music” said Dick.
“It’s a really challenging thing to do and if you really truly understand music you’ll know that these two guys know what they’re doing” added Luvisotto.
Dick and Olynyk have now been invited back to California to play in the prestigious Monterey Music Festival in September.