Junk band takes on solo drummer
A JUNK band battle by music pupils from Dover Christ Church Academy "stole the show" at a Canterbury festival.
Members of the academy junk band R!OT staged the "fight" against fellow pupil and solo drummer Sheldon Carter for the final performance at the Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival.
The group of 21, including several new members from Year 7, performed alongside university students, as well as other primary and secondary schools, in the concert celebrating music made from only junk instruments.
R!OT brought their energetic mixture of solo drums with South American Samba rhythms to the stage.
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Matt Miles, DCCA head of community music said: " It was great to see our students performing with such enthusiasm. They stole the show.
"For this piece, we decided to set up a battle between R!OT and a solo drummer in order to see who was victorious and a special mention must go to Sheldon Carter for an excellent drum solo, as well as the year 7 pupils, R!OT's newest members, who only had a couple of rehearsals to learn the piece."
Academy interim principal Sam Williamson said: "It's always a joy to see our students involved in musical activities. I'm delighted our new director of creative arts Ian Atkinson is working hard to extend the opportunities currently available to students in music and extending into Dance and Drama. My congratulations go out to all those involved."
R!OT has also been invited, for the second year running, to attend the Music For Youth National Festival in Birmingham after impressing the judges at the Regional Festival in March.
The crew will take their junk instruments and perform in the Adrian Boult Hall at the Birmingham conservatoire on July 4. A successful performance could mean R!OT will perform in The Royal Albert Hall later this year.
Some members of the band will also be performing with pupils from the Aspen Unit on June 29 as part of the Deal Festival.