Battle of the Bands at Devon Schools Music Mix

On Tuesday the 30th of June 2015, the Academy's Year 10 GCSE Music class - along with three Year 9 students - visited the "Devon Schools Music Mix", where they participated in Battle of the Bands and Open Mic Sessions. The day was enjoyable for all, with a variety of activities available, such as DJ Samba workshops. The 3 Year Nines were up first, taking part in the Open Mic Sessions. They performed an acoustic cover of Jason Mraz's "I’m Yours"; they did really well considering how nervous they were. They accompanied themselves by playing their guitars, and singing harmonies. Next was the Battle of the Bands, where the Year Tens performed "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone, putting all the other schools to shame, with their stunning performance. After a brief discussion they then bravely decided to perform "Price Tag" by Jessie J, with no prior rehearsals. Taking into consideration that they hadn’t rehearsed this in a while, they did fantastically! Unfortunately they did not win, only because of the fact that they were such a great audience to others, in good sportsmanship, cheering on the other bands, and allowing them to win. The whole day was excellent, and the Year 9 students can’t wait until next year when they will get to take a chance to compete in the Battle of the Bands themselves! By Katie Stevens, Year 9