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You Bring the Band


You Bring the Band- Battle of the Bands evening

You Bring the Band is a lottery funded project offered that has been running over the last 12 weeks at Furness Academy and St Bernard’s Catholic School. Described as an exciting, inclusive music sessions for kids and adults, YBTB brings the studio to the schools and teach each participant to play and be the stars!

The team have been working with small groups of students, providing music tuition, confidence and performance skills and song writing training in preparation for a “battle of the bands” at the end of the project. Students involved in each group have learned one cover song and written and composed their own original song as well.

These songs have been recorded and are available for digital download now, raising money for St Mary’s Hospice.

On Friday 10th May, a battle of the bands was  held at Furness Academy, with all ticket sales donated to the Hopsice as well.

This event sees the 4 bands performing their songs in front of professional judges, with one band to be crowned the winner. The evening also includes a special performance by Lovejoy, an upcoming boy band from the North East.

Mrs Larcombe, Head of Music said "the students were invited to be part of the project for various different reasons. Many of those invited already have shown some music talent but have lacked confidence with regards to performing. Others are bright students, for whom this opportunity, provides a positive enrichment activity. We can already see positive changes in our students and know that this will develop further as we progress with the project.”

 Student Quotes

Scott, 13 :“I wanted to take part because I thought it would be interesting to do something different. It’s very good. The practical side is great”

Sam, 14: “I like playing an instrument with a different bunch of people to build confidence skills”

Regan, 14 “Before the project I wouldn’t sing in front of people. I have now even sung in a competition and have got through to perform in our music festival on the big stage at Academy Calling.”

Abbie, 13: “I am enjoying creating music and working with people.”




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