One minute drums up win for Jonte

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By KRIS DANDO

The boy can play. Jonte Ta­pu­rau’s per­for­mance on the drums at a re­cent re­gional Bat­tle of the Bands for pri­mary and in­ter­me­di­ate schools was a real head­turner, even though he will mod­estly tell you that there were other ex­cel­lent drum­mers com­pet­ing too.

The Post­gate School 12 year old has been bang­ing the skins for more than four years, start­ing out at Porirua Elim Chris­tian Cen­tre.

He has be­come a con­sis­tent per­former at Post­gate, tak­ing part in pro­duc­tions and other mu­si­cre­lated en­deav­ours.

But he wasn’t keen to en­ter the drum- off at the Bat­tle of the Bands in Lower Hutt, said deputy prin­ci­pal Ron Mor­ris­sey.

‘‘We [school band Blu-Print] did well in terms of pop­u­lar­ity but we didn’t place.

‘‘ When an­nounced drum- off I said to Jonte that he had to en­ter, it would be a lot of fun,

they a but he said ‘no, no’ and I left it at that.

‘‘The judges ba­si­cally said ‘tell that drum­mer of yours to take part’ and he re­luc­tantly did. He was awe­some.’’

Jonte was one of the last of the 13 en­trants to take to the stage, with one minute to show off his range of skills.

His med­ley won him first place by a sin­gle point and won him an Omega drum kit set for Post­gate, which the school de­cided to give to him. ‘‘I just love play­ing, I got into it through church and have a re­ally good tu­tor,’’ Jonte said.

‘‘I had a set at home when I was lit­tle but I played it so much my par­ents got sick of me bang­ing on it.

‘‘ I play at home now when no-one’s around, then just pack it up be­hind the couch.’’

He says said there was a lot of ‘‘yelling and scream­ing’’ from his ex­cited band­mates when he was de­clared the win­ner of the drum bat­tle.

He paid trib­ute to them for help­ing him be­come a bet­ter player.

Post­gate School was not the only lo­cal win­ner at the com­pe­ti­tion, with Bran­don In­ter­me­di­ate win­ning the best orig­i­nal song award.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.