School bands to play rugby gig
TWO groups from Whitworth Community High School that took part in a Battle of the Bands competition are now set to play before a rugby match.
Year 11 students Oliver Norris and Ryan Pye have been playing as a duo for around a year, but just before the Rochdale Rocks competition they were joined by fellow Year 11 students drummer Joe Fallows and keyboard player Isabel Dexter.
They hastily renamed themselves Gastric Band, and took part in the competition, at Hollingworth Academy, Milnrow.
Ryan, 15, who plays lead guitar, said: “The music teacher in school told me about a bronze arts award and suggested we get a band together.
“Being friends with Oliver, I knew he played instruments and I asked him to learn bass guitar.
“Then Joe came along to play the drums and Isabel on keyboards.”
Also playing at Battle of the Bands were Snapped, a duo formed by Carys Scott, 12, singer, and guitarist Madeline Kelsey-Lyon.
Madeline said: “We chose the name because I kept snapping guitar strings on the school’s electric guitar.”
Although neither band won, the groups were invited to play before a future rugby match at Rochdale Hornets and Gastric Band will also be recording at a Studio in Whitworth.
Oliver said: “We will make the recording available on Spotify and also get a CD made. We hope for it to be more than just a hobby.”
Snapped has now been joined by drummer Jack Stevenson and keyboard player Connie Ward, both from Whitworth High.
Madeline is also looking forward to competing in Whitworth’s Got Talent.
Madeline Kelsey-Lyon and Carys Scott, the duo from Snapped at Battle of the Bands