Teamwork key to band battle win
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.