School bands to play rugby gig

Rossendale Free Press - - Schools -

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

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