Kick the Dust set to rock the stage


The sounds of Pink Floyd, Led Zep­pelin, and Bob Mar­ley will fill the Me­mo­rial Hall tonight as stu­dent band Kick the Dust rocks Kaiko¯ura.

Blaze Waves will also play, with prin­ci­pal John Tait, stepping in as drum­mer. Tait also plays gui­tar and har­mon­ica, and says he re­ally en­joys play­ing with the stu­dents.

He has joined the stu­dent band be­fore, for Fyffe House’s fundraiser Mu­sic on the Lawn con­cert.

Kick the Dust band mem­ber Orion Kahu, 15, said the con­cert was part of their end of term as­sess­ment, and the band had been prac­tis­ing all term. Kahu had been in­volved in high school pro­duc­tion and stage chal­lenges be­fore, but this was the first time she had helped man­aged one.

She will work be­hind the scenes along­side three other pro­duc­tion man­agers, Lataleah Nor­ton, 15, and Holly Daikee, 14, and Ma­hanga Gillies, 14.

The team had been busy fundrais­ing out­side New World su­per­mar­ket with a sausage siz­zle, and gui­tarist and vo­cal­ist Marc Parkin­son, 15, and drum­mer Reuben Lyons, 13, had raised also money by busk­ing. This had been topped up with a Cre­ative Com­mu­ni­ties grant.

The hard­est thing has been the fi­nan­cial side, with cater­ing and hall hire form­ing a large part of the costs, Kahu said.

Lead vo­cal­ist Parkin­son will do a cou­ple of solo per­for­mances, and sing some old favourites from Pink Floyd, Led Zep­pelin and Bob Mar­ley.

He said the band would play a huge mix of styles.

Other band mem­bers in­clude Henry Bartrum, 15, on per­cus­sion, and bass player Hay­den Rush, 14.

Drama teacher Madi Bur­nett said it had been the stu­dents’ re­spon­si­bil­ity to or­gan­ise the whole con­cert from se­lect­ing cater­ers and book­ing the venue right through to pro­mot­ing it.

They had learnt some busi­ness and en­trepreneur­ship skills, she said.

‘‘The stu­dents chose what they wanted to do, and the ones that didn’t feel com­fort­able per­form­ing chose to take a man­age­ment role.

‘‘On the night they will see a re­flec­tion of their work and how well they have done,’’ Bur­nett said.

Tick­ets are $10 from Kaiko¯ura High School or on the door. The con­cert kicks off at 7.30pm.


Holly Daikee, 14, Lataleah Nor­ton, 15, Reuben Lyons, 13, Ma­hanga Gillies, 14, Marc Parkin­son, 15, Henry Bartrum, 15, and Orion Kahu, 15, from Ka¯ik­oura High School band Kick the Dust.

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