De­ter­mi­na­tion wins

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

They came, they sang, they con­quered – Bran­don In­ter­me­di­ate has won Welling­ton In­ter­me­di­ate Bat­tle of the Bands for the first time.

Mu­sic men­tor Jonathan Vil­iamu said that af­ter the school came sec­ond last year, the band, Place Valuez, had worked hard.

‘‘ We had an email from the or­gan­is­ers say­ing we had raised the bar.

‘‘To hear that was awe­some. It was just amaz­ing for the kids,’’ he said.

Place Valuez sax­o­phone player and year 7 pupil Er­ana Ta­maiva said she was speech­less when they won – ‘‘It was over­whelm­ing,’’ she said.

Er­ana has played sax­o­phone for less than a year, but said she picked it up quickly.

The band beat 28 other schools with their per­for­mances of Amy Wine­house’s Valerie and Love Never Felt So Good by Michael Jack­son and Justin Tim­ber­lake.

As win­ners, Bran­don will host the event next year.

About the bass: Place Valuez rhythm sec­tion, from left, Sefa Fo­mai, One­hunga Faivalu, Falaniko Fo­mai and Paul Mu­liaga.

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