Horns of Death to make mu­sic

Stu­dents join Spi­der­bait back­ing band

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - BY ANITA McPHER­SON The Wangaratta His­toric Mo­tor Show Com­mit­tee would like to thank our show’s Spon­sors and the Com­mu­nity for sup­port­ing the show

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

am­cpher­son@ ne­me­dia.com.au

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