Jazz cats purring

Castlemaine secondary college music students Tom, Jeremy and Finn with music teacher Ben Nieuwkerk (on clarinet) get set for the Castlemaine Jazz Festival. Photo: Eve Lamb
Castlemaine secondary college music students Tom, Jeremy and Finn with music teacher Ben Nieuwkerk (on clarinet) get set for the Castlemaine Jazz Festival. Photo: Eve Lamb

By Eve Lamb


Smooth sounds are a definite added bonus of going to school at Castlemaine Secondary College right now with talented music students fine tuning their repertoire ahead of next month’s Castlemaine Jazz Festival.
Music students from years nine-12 will be playing as part of the opening gig set for Friday June 11 at the Phee Broadway with ticket sales taking off ahead of the upcoming Queen’s Birthday weekend festival.
“I’ve played the Castlemaine Jazz Festival before and I love it,” says music teacher at CSC, Ben Nieuwkerk who plays saxophone, flute and clarinet and is no stranger to performing at some of the state’s leading jazz festivals.
“I’ve played Melbourne International Jazz Festival and Wangaratta and the thing that sets Castlemaine apart is the sense of community,” Ben says. Read more in The Mail May 07.05.21