Mazenod College quartet hit the right notes to get into WAAPA


Ben Shelley, Finn Owen, Jordan Boase and Kai Williamson are off to WAAPA. Picture: WAAPA/Mazenod College
Ben Shelley, Finn Owen, Jordan Boase and Kai Williamson are off to WAAPA. Picture: WAAPA/Mazenod College

IT IS the place that has launched the careers of many a musician and now four Mazenod students are facing a bright future after being accepted into WAAPA to study a Bachelor of Music.

Drummer Ben Shelley said he had only dreamed of getting into WAAPA.

“WAAPA was talked about as an elite academy where only the most high-level performers were accepted,” he said.

“The idea of working closely with world class musicians on a daily basis and the rewards it offered were great motivators for auditioning.”

Shelley, alongside saxophonist Finn Owen and trombonist and vocalist Jordan Boase, last year travelled to James Morrison’s Generations in Jazz Festival in Mt Gambier as part of the school’s jazz band.

Boase said music played a significant role during his time at Mazenod.

“Being involved in music almost all of my life Mazenod only solidified my willingness to embark 0n a music career,” he said.

“Not only did the people at Mazenod make me love music, but they also helped reveal my potential in it.”

Electric guitarist Kai Williamson, who was a student in 2017, was also accepted into WAAPA’s Diploma of Music Industry.

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