Post­gate School band win

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Over­com­ing shak­ing legs and nerves has lead to a big win for a Porirua school band.

The eight mem­bers of Evo­lu­tion, from Post­gate School, com­peted against 250 mu­si­cians from Welling­ton schools to take first place in the Welling­ton Re­gional In­ter­me­di­ate Bat­tle of the Bands on Novem­ber 8.

Gui­tarist On­jilique Va, 13, said she was ter­ri­fied be­fore she took the stage to per­form.

‘‘My legs were shak­ing be­fore and when we were per­form­ing - I thought we were do­ing poorly as there seemed to be lit­tle re­sponse from the au­di­ence.

‘‘But at the end when peo­ple stood up and clapped I thought maybe we did well.’’

The win was a big sur­prise for singer Alexis Vi­tal­iano, 12, who thought some of the larger schools would win.

‘‘When they called our name out as the win­ners it was a rush. I felt very emo­tional.’’

Con­nect­ing with the songs they played was crit­i­cal to the per­form­ers’ suc­cess, deputy prin­ci­pal Ron Mor­ris­sey said.

‘‘The band did the sim­ple things very well, they were a tight unit who gave up many hours to prac­tice.’’

Prin­ci­pal Adam Camp­bell said the win was a real team ef­fort be­tween stu­dents, staff and par­ents.

‘‘Post­gate is for­tu­nate to have a tal­ented mu­si­cian on staff in Ron, who is pas­sion­ate about see­ing chil­dren en­joy suc­cess.’’

The band ‘‘went from good to great’’ with the as­sis­tance of pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians Wini Bax­ter and Vai Ioane, he said.

Evo­lu­tion con­sisted of Alexia Vi­tal­iano, Co­ral Baker, Eli­jah Mareko, On­jilique Va, Jalen Lam­bert, Mer­roo Tofi­lau, Ieremia Allen and Jerome Ioane.

Jerome was named best drum­mer at the com­pe­ti­tion.

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