Ceduna guitarist takes his talents to the US

ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD: Rostrevor College students Riley Mahar, Harry Musk, Dylan Skurray and Jaquan Scott are ready for their trip to the United States. Picture: Supplied
ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD: Rostrevor College students Riley Mahar, Harry Musk, Dylan Skurray and Jaquan Scott are ready for their trip to the United States. Picture: Supplied

Ceduna's Jaquan Scott is embarking on a musical trip of a lifetime this week as he heads to the United States to perform in New York and attend the renowned New Orleans Jazz Festival.

The young guitarist's dream has been made possible thanks to Rostrevor College, where Jaquan is a boarder, and the Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation (FWCAC).

He and 14 other Rostrevor musicians aged 13 to 18 have been busy rehearsing in recent months forming a touring big band and smaller acoustic, jazz and rock ensembles.

While in New York, Jaquan will perform on the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier at the Sea, Air and Space Museum and will visit one of the world's most famous music venues in Carnegie Hall, and attend a Broadway musical.

Jaquan has been playing guitar since he was 12 and is inspired by the likes of singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran.

He said he could not believe he would soon be performing in America.

"I've been practicing a lot and have learnt a few different styles like rock and jazz for the performances we will do in America," he said.

"I'm excited and I'm looking forward to seeing all the different places that I've heard so much about."

FWCAC chairperson Peter Miller said Jaquan was a worthy recipient of a grant from its charitable trust, which supports exceptional individuals and young Indigenous people pursuing leadership or educational opportunities.

"This is a great opportunity for a kid from Ceduna to spread his wings and experience the world," he said.

This will be the year 12 student's first overseas experience.

Rostrevor College is believed to be the only South Australian school attending the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans festival, which runs from April 7 to May 5 and attracts 500,000 people.

Jaquan will witness some of the most influential artists of the past half-century, with headline acts including The Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind and Fire, Tom Jones, Diana Ross, Boz Scaggs and John Fogarty.

Rostrevor music teacher Marnie Tiggemann said the tour was a tremendous opportunity for students to immerse themselves in one of the world's most exciting music scenes and would give them a taste of life as a touring musician.

"Jaquan has been working so hard and his musical skills have really developed in recent months as we have been preparing for this tour," she said.

"I think it will be a trip of a lifetime for many of the young musicians involved."