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Wellacre Students Perform in Battle of the Bands!

Posted at 10:22 am on 6th March, 2018

Group wins second place in Trafford music competition

Well done to Year 9 students William Berry, Tom O’Malley and Joe Rimmer who performed and won second place in the Trafford Battle of the Bands in the recent school holidays.

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On Saturday 10th February, local bands were invited to perform at the Battle of the Bands competition.  The competition, organised by the Trafford Music Service, was open to bands with members under 18 and who live or attend school in the Trafford area.

With William on lead guitar, Tom on drums and Joe as the band’s frontman, singing and playing rhythm guitar, they took to the stage to perform two rock songs - “Highway to hell” by ACDC and “Times like these” by the Foo Fighters.

With plenty of practice at the weekends together and experience performing at school events such as the Christmas production and Open Evenings, this was the band’s first ‘public’ appearance!

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William said:

“We battled against 5 other bands all playing different genres of music from pop to rock.  Coming second was really good considering we were the only band under the age of 15. Our families came along to watch; they cheered for us lots and sang along with us.“

Judged by representatives from Trafford Music Service, each band was graded on their stage presence, timing, their ‘sound’ and how they performed and came together as a band.

Their band named ‘Underage’ narrowly missed out on first place. The winners went to on compete in the Greater Manchester Music Hub Final at the ‘Band on the Wall’ the following day.

Tom said:

“It felt professional performing at the competition and the start of a dream of performing in public.  Miss Chapman and Miss Spencer came to support us, along with our families. I love making and performing music! I’m going to take part in the School of Rock every Wednesday which is run by the Trafford Music Service”

Joe, added:

“It was well worth doing competing for the experience and playing in front of a live audience.  We’ve performed in school many times but this was the first time out in public and I’d definitely do it again!  We have a few more gigs lined up this year.”


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