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Further to my last... Having emailed the Head Tea...

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Further to my last... Having emailed the Head Teacher, the following points are of note:

* December Newsletter - Extract - 'Congratulations are due to our Jazz Funk Band and the Funky Fiddlers for their excellent performances at the 'Highland Futures' event at Eden Court on Monday 17 November. The Jazz Funk Band's rendition of 'Thriller' was certainly one of the highlights of an evening that was a major showcase of musical talent for Highland Schools. Thanks to Kirsten Shearon and Olivia Ross for developing the musical talents of our pupils for this event'

* Both the Jazz Band and the Funky Fiddlers (the traditional strings band) were personally congratulated for their excellent performances.

* The special mention of the Jazz Funk Bands rendition of Thriller was because of the comments made by members of the audience on the night and by letter after the event. This included the Director and Depute director of ECS and members of CLL arts development team who congratulated both our bands and all commented that they thought that the Jazz Funks band's rendition of Thriller had stood out as being one of the best performances of the whole evening. Given the quality of the event that was major praise indeed.

* The 1ST place with Distinction won by the traditional/strings group at Kingussie Music Festival was indeed an excellent performance and no less worthy of praise.

* Unfortunately, time was pressing to get the last Parent's Newsletter out before the Easter break.

* This rushed deadline on top of an over-stressed IT system may have led to some articles/news items not making the cut off. It is possible that there could well be a notification for the newsletter about the success of the traditional/string group, and possibly other student successes sitting in the ether somewhere.

Hopefully, this clarifies the situation somewhat. There is no vendetta against Traditional Music only an over-taxed and fallible administrative system!

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