EVERY year as spring begins, the Noosa Jazz festival sends out its welcoming notes.
This year will be as spectacular as ever, with a huge range of outstanding performers gracing the numerous stages set up throughout Noosa.
Locals too have come out to play, with CQU lecturer Charlie Macneil guiding his third-year students into showing their skills as they handle audio production for two mobile stage rigs.
Mr Macneil said the third-year students would have total responsibility for the audio production, including provision of 'back line' equipment, but they were ready for the role.
"They've been getting plenty of hands-on experience in rehearsal environment at The Black Box Theatre in Nambour and also provided identical audio production for Sunskills (open day) at Tafe in Mooloolaba," he said.
Mr Macneil said Central Queensland University (CQU) could become even more integrated with the Noosa Jazz Festival from next year, as staff and students from the Jazz and Contemporary Music program were keen to travel down from their home campus in Rockhampton.
A unique partnership between Sunshine Coast Tafe and CQU enables Tafe music graduates to earn direct entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Music program - either the Creative Music Technol- ogies or Contemporary studies. One stream is aimed at people interested in commercial and artistic sound production, while the other targets those keen to expand their performance skills.
CQU's Bachelor of Music program is based at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music.