Bands battle it out for success

Horbury School pupils Ebonie Preston, Jack Sumner, Peter Shackleton, Ewan Crabb members of Uneven Symmetry who won the battle of the band competition.
Horbury School pupils Ebonie Preston, Jack Sumner, Peter Shackleton, Ewan Crabb members of Uneven Symmetry who won the battle of the band competition.

A GROUP of aspiring musicians hit all the right notes with their inspirational anti-drugs song.

Horbury School’s Uneven Symmetry impressed judges to win best original song at West Yorkshire Police’s Battle of the Bands 2012 competition.

The event saw nine groups from across the district take each other on at the Backstage Academy in South Kirkby on Sunday.

Each band had to compose and perform a song about anti-social behaviour or drug abuse, as well as perform a cover version.

And the school band’s rendition of Linkin Park’s Numb and own song Breaking Point was enough to win.

Head of music Jeff Riley said: “It was a great opportunity for the students to perform at an exciting venue and was a reward for their commitment and enthusiasm towards making music.

“I am very proud of the way they represented Horbury School and the local community. We would like to express our thanks to West Yorkshire Police and Backstage Academy.”

The year nine BTEC Music pupils included drummer Peter Shackleton, singer and guitarist Ebonie Preston, guitarist Ewan Crabb and bassist Jack Sumner.

St Wilfrid’s Catholic School’s band Mongoose in the Pumphouse won best performance.

Judges were Wakefield Trinity Wildcats player Dale Morton, Mayor of Wakefield Elaine Blezard and Jude Abbott of Chumbawamba.

The contest raised £1,300 for charities.