Oakhill College students have once again displayed their many talents in the College’s 19th Battle of the Bands Competition held on Wednesday, 7 March. Noon Shift took out first place in a highly contested final, with Kodex placing second, closely followed by Orderly Fashion in third.
The winning band Noon Shift is made up of four Year 12 students, including Michael Sramek, Will Abbott, John Nati and Nick Lowe. Their music, with strong influences from bands such as Foo Fighters and Green Day, certainly proved popular in front of the large crowd.
A total of seven bands entered the competition this year with heats being held during lunchtimes. Bands were required to perform one cover and one original piece. In an effort to raise funds for the Lasallian Foundation, in particular the College’s India and Philippines Service Program, a gold coin donation was collected for keen students and staff wanting to catch the action.
Six bands progressed through to the finals with each band performing a maximum of four pieces. There was a special guest appearance by Langford and Sons with their original and highly amusing environmental song “Put a cork in it.”
Anthony Timmins, Academic Head of Creative Arts at Oakhill College has been involved with Battle of the Bands for the last 11 years. “It is about encouraging young people to express themselves through music by writing and performing original material. It also involves young people at every level of the production from organisation to sound, lighting and filming.”