WINTHROP resident Tahlia Massam was recognised as one of the country’s best young trumpet players at the recent Generations in Jazz festival in Mt Gambier.
The festival brought together more than 5000 school performers from across Australia, including Tahlia, who performed as part of the Penrhos College jazz band.
Jazz icon James Morrison invited the Penrhos College band to the festival after visiting the school for a series of workshops with its jazz students in 2015.
His faith was repaid when Tahlia so impressed the judges that they named her in the festival’s third division “super band”.
“They picked five trumpets out of more than 200 in division three,” she said.
“I was so shocked; I wasn’t expecting it at all.”
Tahlia first picked up the trumpet on a whim as a Year 5 student at Winthrop Primary School.
“I was dead-set on doing the flute, but the first time I blew into a trumpet the teacher said she was impressed with the sound I’d made and so I got in the car after school and told mum I wanted to do trumpet instead,” she said.
Tahlia received a musical scholarship to Penrhos College and has been the school’s lead trumpet since Year 8, with jazz her favourite style.
She is now in Year 12 and planning to study accounting at university in 2018, but said she hoped to play in a community band.