From Rocky to Harvard via Brisbane Grammar

Angus Woods' love of music sends him around the world

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Although he has his roots in Rockhampton, Angus Woods is enjoying life at Harvard University in the US.

Although he has his roots in Rockhampton, Angus Woods is enjoying life at Harvard University in the US.

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Angus Woods’ decision to move from Rockhampton to Brisbane five years ago now sees him taking on a role as international tour manager for an a cappella group, The Harvard Krokodiloes.

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Angus Woods’ decision to move from Rockhampton to Brisbane five years ago now sees him taking on a role as the tour manager for the a cappella group, The Harvard Krokodiloes.

The strength of the music program at the Brisbane Grammar School was the deciding factor in his move south, just as it was when he had the choice of three Ivy League universities in America, along with one of Europe’s top universities, when he graduated from school in 2015.

Offered places at Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and the London School of Economics, Angus eventually went with Harvard.

“To be a part of an all-male school at Brisbane Grammar School, in which participation in music is not only encouraged, but is the largest extracurricular activity, was absolutely incredible,” he said.

The music captain at BGS in his senior year, Angus also juggled other leadership positions with academic work, extracurricular activities and demanding university application processes.

He credited the culture at BGS for helping him achieve so much.

“BGS has a deeply entrenched culture of valuing learning and music, the things I care deeply about,” he said. “To be a part of a school community in which it was the norm for students to be all-rounded, simultaneously involved in sporting, musical, and service programs, was something I was constantly in awe of.”

His hard work and dedication saw him realise a boyhood dream of attending Harvard, where he is majoring in economics and was selected as part of the a cappella group, The Harvard Krokodiloes.

The group tours the world each year and this year Angus will double as the tour manager and is set to take the famous group to Australia for a select number of performances.

Angus’s mum, Sam, said BGS instilled him with the belief that with hard work and persistence anything is possible.

“The fact that Angus saw other boys moving away from Brisbane to study interstate and overseas, motivated him to apply (for Harvard),” she said. “It’s wonderful to see that the skills he learned at BGS have prepared him so well for his studies and life at Harvard.”

The Brisbane Grammar School is hosting a community event in Rockhampton this evening, Friday, March 23, at Headricks Lane, to be attended by the director of boarding and deputy headmaster of students.

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