Pair sings prized rock orig­i­nal

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A PAIR of mu­si­cally-tal­ented Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege stu­dents has de­liv­ered the best orig­i­nal song at ‘Rock­Fest Bat­tle of the Bands’ Vic­to­rian fi­nal in Mel­bourne.

‘Paper­clip’ band duo – year nine pi­anist Indigo Walker Stelling and year seven vo­cal­ist Asha Bright – said their com­po­si­tion, ‘Lately’, scooped the win.

The two were the first to per­form at the fi­nal and Asha said it was daunt­ing be­cause they were fol­lowed by a high level of tal­ent.

“We didn’t ex­pect to win but our orig­i­nals were our hope,” Indigo said.

‘Paper­clip’ pro­gressed from the North East re­gional fi­nals at Wan­garatta High School three months ago and was one of 10 bands – half in a ju­nior cat­e­gory and half se­nior – se­lected for the state com­pe­ti­tion in which 448 stu­dents and more than 90 bands took part.

Rock­Fest or­gan­iser Luc Travers said the vol­ume of tal­ent across the state meant was no easy feat mak­ing the fi­nals.

“Beech­worth col­lege should be very proud of their ef­forts, es­pe­cially as Indigo and Asha took out the award for best orig­i­nal song,” Mr Travers said.

“I don’t think that award has ever been won by a group from the ju­nior di­vi­sion and given the tal­ent on the day they should be very proud of them­selves.”

Col­lege mu­sic teacher Alex O’Con­nor said the win show­cased the school’s emerg­ing tal­ent.

“These two are re­ally tal­ented and pas­sion­ate,” he said.

Mr Travers said he looked for­ward to hear­ing what Beech­worth pro­duced at next year’s Rock­Fest.

Asha said the duo’s prize in­cluded a tro­phy and a stu­dio record­ing at Tem­plestowe Col­lege for orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions in­clud­ing ‘Un­der­stand’ and ‘Breathe.’

Col­lege prin­ci­pal Pa­tri­cia Broom said the pair’s suc­cess pro­moted how much tal­ent there was in the school.

Asha also stud­ies out of school at the North­ern Rivers Acad­emy of Mu­sic in Wan­garatta and said she was pleased to par­tic­i­pate in a 10-day tour of Vic­to­rian state schools in re­gional towns which started this week.

ORIG­I­NALS: Beech­worth Sec­ondary Col­lege mu­si­cians Asha Bright and Indigo Walker Stelling with their tro­phy for the best orig­i­nal song at the ‘Rock­Fest Bat­tle of the Bands’ Vic­to­rian fi­nal.

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