A group of young rockers from Eden Marine High are off to Sydney to compete against bands from all over the state as part of Youth Week’s Youth Rock event.
Jake Hansen (Drums), Jeremy Koenigkamp (Guitar), Malachi Mills-Hindle (Guitar) and Sarah Lingard-Sinclair (Bass and Vocals) make up the rock outfit Audio City who will represent Eden Marine High School at the event.
The outfit has written three songs for the competition including a recently written song by Jake titled ‘Tathra’ about the experience of the recent fires as seen through a young persons’ eyes.
The band will also perform a song that was written by Jake and Jeremy titled “Late Again” and “Bored Outta My Mind”. The songs address the difficulties faced by young people who lead technologically driven, fast-paced lives.
Music teacher Sam Martin has mentored the students through their involvement in the school band program and was impressed with their drive and organisation in pulling together the application for Youth Rock.
“I offered to help with the application process, but the students took it on and have driven the project primarily of their own accord showing great initiative.
The outfit has been together for 12 months, regularly given up their lunch break to rehearse and refine their skills.
Their selection in the competition has provided recognition for their skills, and determination.
“Hard work always pays off,” Jake said.
“I’m overwhelmed, excited and happy to have this opportunity,” Sarah said.
Mr Martin said that the competition is a great opportunity to showcase the talents of young regional musicians.
“I feel Audio City will be a pleasant surprise from the country on the city band circuit. They are organised, well-rehearsed and have catchy songs.
“I wish them all the best on their adventure,” Mr Martin said.
The four students will travel to Sydney during the school holidays to perform at the Sutherland Entertainment centre on April 21.
The Youth Rock event runs from April 18 to April 22 at the Sutherland Entertainment centre.