Team­work key to band bat­tle win

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Post­gate School is be­gin­ning to make a name for it­self at the In­ter­me­di­ate Bat­tle of the Bands.

Last year Jonte Ta­pu­rau was crowned the best drum­mer and this year the school’s nine-strong group, Syn­ergy, went one bet­ter and won the whole thing in Lower Hutt three weeks ago.

Syn­ergy im­pressed with their stage pres­ence and their 10-minute spin on 2Pac’s Cal­i­for­nia Love and Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come wowed the judges.

Deputy prin­ci­pal Ron Mor­ris­sey said there was not a lot be­tween the top 10 bands, but it was the ‘‘lit­tle things’’ that set Syn­ergy apart.

‘‘ There were pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians in there [at Bat­tle of the Bands] who said, ‘Wow’. They [Syn­ergy] work in­cred­i­bly well to­gether, but things like their in­tros, how they set up and other sub­tle things made it all work.

‘‘It was an amaz­ing night and some­thing they worked hard for, at school and in their school hol­i­days.’’

Syn­ergy were hon­oured fur­ther by open­ing for Aradhna at Te Rau­paraha Arena on Novem­ber 22. They had come off a week-long school camp and went straight from the In­ter­is­lander ferry to per­form.

‘‘The crowd was buzzing and they got a big re­sponse,’’ Mr Mor­ris­sey said. ‘‘ Th­ese guys started prac­tis­ing at the end of term 1. They’re raw and it’s been a learn­ing curve.

‘‘But they learnt the skills of the trade and good life skills, about work­ing for each other.’’

Kasey Aliva said there was plenty of ‘‘jump­ing around’’ when their name was read out as win­ners at the Bat­tle of the Bands.

‘‘We then had to be se­ri­ous for about 10 sec­ond to walk up [on stage to ac­cept the tro­phy]. It was an awe­some feel­ing.’’

Ono Ai­ulu said they were con­fi­dent when they re­alised they hadn’t come sec­ond or third.

‘‘It was cool. We wanted to make our school proud and I think we had some­thing to add when we worked to­gether as a band.’’

Mr Mor­ris­sey said spe­cial men­tion needed to be made of par­ents Wiremu Bar­rib­all and Wini Bax­ter, who gave their time as tu­tors.

Only one mem­ber of Syn­ergy will still be at Post­gate next year. The other eight hope to per­form to­gether and keep learn­ing mu­sic at col­lege.

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