Battle of the Bands: A Rockin’ Success

Becca Sanchez

Clothing Optional offers their talented rendition of "I Will Survive."

Becca Sanchez
May 14, 2012

Last Friday, M-A held its annual Battle of the Bands event where students have the opportunity to to play against one another in a casual night of lights and food with Lunatics as entertainment during breaks. The event had a large turnout of approximately 220 kids, many of which can be spotted by looking for the Battle of the Bands t-shirt.

The night saw six great bands perform, Funkdark, Sixplay, Clothing Optional, Blue Note Jazz Ensemble, Drive Thru Crew, and Fat Camp after Stone Golem had to cancel at the last minute. Nonetheless, the music was great and included multiple renditions of popular songs including Fountains of Wayne’s “Stacy’s Mom”, Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”, Chiddy Bang’s “All Things Go”, and lastly, Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.”

During the night, puzzled students sought an explanation for the mic being cut off (profanity), Lunatics limitations (inappropriate), and a lack of audience voting (not allowed).

However fantastic all the bands were, there was one particular talent that left students begging for more, although that talk did not stop once the event was over. Junior Kira Lober, and member of Fat Camp, seduced the audience with her electric cello playing. Never before had a student introduced and beautifully played such an eccentric instrument that left the audience gaping, especially during their rendition of  “All Things Go.”

Battle of the Bands was a particular success, especially compared to previous years in terms of food, entertainment, t-shirt design, instrumental arrangement, and yes, the sound of the bands.

Photo Credit: Sara Vitale

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9 Responses to “Battle of the Bands: A Rockin’ Success”

  1. Alison Myoraku on May 14th, 2012 9:14 pm

    I loved the audience participation during Wake Up. Max and Filip are extremely talented musicians and singers!

  2. Ross Dairiki on May 15th, 2012 7:07 am

    This was my first year going to Battle of the Bands and I loved it! It’s great to see all the talented musicians that M-A actually has! I really recommend going next year!

  3. Zoë Nuyens on May 15th, 2012 12:19 pm

    Wow, I wish I’d been able to go, especially to hear Kira play the electric guitar.

  4. Charlotte L on May 15th, 2012 4:36 pm

    I heard it was great, I wish I could’ve gone

  5. Maya on May 16th, 2012 5:51 pm

    Great pictures and coverage, Becca!

  6. hshane on May 16th, 2012 8:05 pm

    Its a shame Sour Diesel couldn’t perform this year.

  7. Risa Hammel on May 17th, 2012 5:06 pm

    I went and had the best time. Food, friends, music… I don’t really know what else you could ask for.

  8. Cassie Stansberry on May 18th, 2012 2:42 pm

    Our school has great musical talent, great job to the bands who performed.

  9. Breana on June 1st, 2012 5:50 pm

    everyone who preformed here has SO much talent and its so awesome that you could put yourself out there like that! id get so stage shy