Horns of Death to make music
Students join Spiderbait backing band
WITH the countdown to the jazz festival on, students from Wangaratta High School are among those to jump on the bandwagon and grab the opportunity to play with rock band, Spiderbait.
Around 15 young musicians from the school will add their clarinets, trumpets and bassoons to the “Wangaratta Horns of Death”, backing Spiderbait for a set when they take to the Merriwa Park stage on Sunday, November 5.
A few of those musicians got their first taste of what it will sound like when they met conductor Adam Simmons at the school this week.
Adam played with Spiderbait 25 years ago as part of the original “Horns of Death” and he’s hoping to blow the band’s mind with the sound he knows Wangaratta can deliver.
“I’m looking forward to sharing the experience with 101 new Wangaratta friends,” he said.
“I’ll be directing people through it all and it’s going to be really easy.”
In fact local brass and wood- wind players wanting to join in, don’t even need to be able to read music, as Adam demonstrated when he took the students through their paces during an impromptu session.
With only a few basic hand gestures they created a powerful, almost percussive sound – and everyone had a blast.
Brass or woodwind players of any ability level or age interested in taking part are encouraged to email artists@ wangarattajazz.com and be part of the show, with a rehearsal to be held at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday, September 26 from 6pm until 7pm.
BIG SOUND: Students including (from left) Zoe Carr, Simone Kealy, Megan Shields, Emma Christie and Erin Schilling, with (centre) conductor and saxophonist, Adam Simmons, will be among those joining the Wangaratta Horns of Death supporting Spiderbait on November 5.
PHOTO: Emma Hillier