School rock­ers belt out hits of the past

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

FROM the hits of The Kinks and The Bea­tles, Cross­fire are bang­ing out tunes from well be­fore their time.

The Perth Montes­sori School’s five-piece rock band took their tal­ents to the big stage dur­ing the Vic Park Sum­mer Street Party.

In the band are Year 6 stu­dents Pa­trick Cooke, Eliot Birtwistle, Draven An­drewsClarke and twins Emer­son and Quinn Galic.

School mu­sic teacher Aaron Wool­ley said the band be­gan by learn­ing rock riffs and have con­tin­ued to ex­plore the genre.

“I be­gan by teach­ing them riffs from The Bea­tles and The Kinks to give them an idea about rock ‘n’ roll,” he said.

“They learnt songs like You Re­ally Got Me and Twist and Shout, there’s only three or four chords.

“We prac­tise one day a week and I’m re­ally proud of how far they’ve come.

“The school has a brass band but it’s pretty un­usual for the school to have a rock band.”

Mr Wool­ley said he hoped the stu­dents would con­tinue to play mu­sic as they got older.

“It can go as far as they want it to,” he said.

“Some of the other stu­dents at the school are quite en­vi­ous of them.”

Lead singer Emer­son said play­ing in a band was re­ally fun and they all en­joyed it.

“Get­ting on stage made me re­ally happy be­cause I got to lis­ten to the cheer­ing but it also gave me but­ter­flies,” he said.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d463010

Pa­trick Cooke, Emer­son Galic, Eliot Birtwistle, Quinn Galic and Draven An­drews-Clarke are Cross­fire.

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