Battle of the Bands (BOB) in Garden International School has been running for more than a decade. This year, four bands took the stage and flaunted their musical talents as they competed for the Best Overall Band and Best Original Song.
As well as developing the secondary students’ artistry in music, they learn about the values of teamwork, leadership qualities, organisational and planning skills, independence and confidence.
The competing bands had to create their own logo, video, poster and above all, an original song as part of the competition requirements. Each band performed two cover songs and the composition at the show.
“They did everything by themselves. Teachers monitor their progress in the weeks leading up to the show. It’s great to see them advancing all the way from audition to the final show,” said music teacher and organiser Chris Koelma.
“Getting to perform up there with friends whom I have worked hard with, and having a community with the audience is the best part of BOB. We had a great audience that gave such an optimistic and energetic atmosphere that made the performance so much more fun,” said Year-10 Sabrina Mohd Najib from the band
Ecus Cibus, who won the Best Original Song.
“Winning was definitely a huge surprise for us, but it felt great knowing that our hard work had paid off. It gave us the amazing opportunity to improve and harness our musical skills whilst having a blast together,” she added.
One of the judges this year was Brian Tan, an alumnus who initiated Battle of the Bands in the school back in 2007.
“I’m honoured to have been invited as part of the judging panel. Watching the students playing on stage is a trip down memory lane,” said the 28-year-old founder of FutureLab.
The other two judges were GIS teacher Chris Smith and Tina Vinson from Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar.
The event raised a total of RM 2,515 from ticket and food sales and all proceeds will be donated towards one of the GIS-endorsed charities.