As­sem­bly sur­prise

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

When six Kowhai In­ter­me­di­ate School stu­dents were called to a spe­cial school as­sem­bly, they had no idea they were be­ing pre­sented with a na­tional award.

Reuben Hud­son, Sam Perry, Jonathon Par­ris, Jonathan Burkin, David Har­ris and Sam Dal­ton make up the band DNA, which re­cently won the Juice TV My School Band Rocks com­pe­ti­tion.

To make the pre­sen­ta­tion a sur­prise, as­so­ciate prin­ci­pal Louise Broad staged an as­sem­bly as a cover.

“I made them stand and sit and sing the na­tional an­them about three times. Their mums and dads were hid­ing down the back, they had been sworn to se­crecy.”

The group say they were shocked to be named the win­ners.

“We were talk­ing about pulling our socks up and re­spect­ing peo­ple and then the cam­era crews rocked in and said: ‘You guys have won’,” says Sam Dal­ton.

DNA beat more than 100 en­trants for the top prize, in­clud­ing Auck­land Gram­mar and Kapiti Col­lege.

“They did ex­tremely well,” says Mrs Broad.

Drum­mer David says the band en­tered last year hop­ing to win but didn’t make it, so they wrote a new song called Faces, made a video clip and tried again.

He wrote the mu­sic and the boys’ gui­tar teacher also helped them out.

Sam Dal­ton’s mother works for TV3 so she helped them get their video clip filmed and edited.

Five of the band mem­bers have been play­ing to­gether for three years and singer Sam joined this year.

He was re­cently voted best vo­cal­ist in the in­ter­me­di­ate schools’ Bat­tle of the Bands com­pe­ti­tion.

DNA will play in the fi­nal of the event next Wed­nes­day.

Their prize from the Juice TV com­pe­ti­tion in­cludes a pro­fes­sional record­ing of their song, $3000 of mu­si­cal equip­ment for the school and a $5000 Mu­sic Works voucher for them.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Jump for joy: From left: DNA band mem­bers Sam Perry, Jonathan Burkin, Sam Dal­ton, David Har­ris, Jonathon Par­ris and Reuben Hud­son.

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