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Battle of the Bands: CHS’s Annual Musical Showdown

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Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 5:12 pm

Battle of the Bands, Coronado High School’s annual competition to find the campuses’ best musical performers, began this year with the incessant piercing scream of a malfunctioning microphone. Yet crowds of eager students braved the noise to gather around the makeshift stage of guitars, drums, and keyboards until the event began. Soon, of course, the microphone was adjusted and the first band began to tune their instruments; some students checked out the Henna station nearby while waiting for the first band. Various teachers sat along lunch table benches to judge the performances of the four bands and ultimately crown the winner of the contest.

The winning group was a rock band called The Bridge, composed of Sophomores Jake Little, Steve Fernandez, and Max Perryman from Coronado High School and Nico Nave from La Jolla High School, who was subbed in for by Troy Cavalieri. Their song – a recently released, original piece titled “Asteroid” – began slowly, building up to a crashing chorus of loud drums, guitar, and bass. Fernandez, on lead vocals and guitar, said the experience was awesome, adding: “Every band was amazing, and we are very proud of winning.”

Another band was the Entanglement of Mexican Narwhals, an eclectic musical group as unique as their very name. Juniors Jordyn Stott, Kojo Sefa-Boakye and Ryan Clark, and Freshmen Evan Agarwal and Josh Concepcion played a cover of the popular MGMT song “Kids”; the loud keyboard perfectly exaggerating the track’s catchy beat to give the cover a fresh sound for a familiar audience. “It was a little nerve wracking,” said Stott, the band’s solo vocalist, “but a lot of fun.”

The Crown City Doo-Wops, described by member Senior Justin Meek as a fifties/sixties-inspired a cappella group, consists of students Seniors Mitchell Connelly, Wesley Ahrens, and Meek, and Junior Tyler Gilmore. Battle of the Bands was the first time the group had the opportunity to perform in front of their peers. “We have played in Coronado several times, but mostly for philanthropic groups of old people who hire us as the entertainment for their holiday parties,” said Connelly. The group took to the stage with only their voices as instruments in front of the unfamiliar audience, each voice a new pitch, style, and lyric, creating a harmonious beat that could not help but draw spectators in.

The Busters, a band of an unspecified style that takes influence from jazz, blues, and rock, gave the quad a relaxed atmosphere. “We all got together last minute and basically started to jam out,” said member Junior Junior Luis David Heredia, who played guitar beside Sefa-Boakye, Clark, and Agarwal. “It wasn’t about the battle at all,” said Heredia, “it was about being together and jamming out to a song we made up.”

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