AN Armadale Senior High School rock band whose repertoire of songs ranges from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama, Green Day’s Holiday and Avicii’s Wake Me Up is set to strut their stuff at the Artbeat festival in the Jull Street Mall on Sunday.
The Armadale Rock Gods, comprising Thomas Waterman, Stephanie Scarvaci, Joseph Cornelius, Danelle Fruin and Nathan Bonham, has been performing for school and community events for about three years and are looking forward to their next gig.
The band’s sound has been influenced by Passenger and Blink 182 and they were also mentored by Kav Temperley of Eskimo Joe at a school workshop last year.
Lead guitarist Nathan Bonham said the band was excited about Sunday’s gig.
“Our band is more than ready to take on any challenge,” he said.
“I’ve enjoyed being a part of this band for the past few years because I’ve enjoyed the thrill of it.”
Music specialist teacher Nicole Fenwick said the Rock Gods’ repertoire included cover songs from a range of styles over several decades, as well as some original pieces.
“Some of the students have also written original songs which have been recorded in our specialist recording studio,” Ms Fenwick said.
“Their confidence levels rise when they are given performance opportunities such as these.
“It is such a great opportunity for them and we welcome other invitations throughout the community.”
The band is also rehearsing for several more gigs this year, including The Contemporary Ensemble Festival at Ellenbrook Secondary College in September and Armadale High School’s winter music concert in term two.
It also does a tour of local primary schools later in the year.
Ms Fenwick said the students receive lessons from specialist teachers from Instrumental Music Services.
The school is fully equipped for contemporary music including five rehearsal rooms, a recording studio, a performing arts centre and a large music centre.
The Artbeat festival is in the Jull Street Mall this Sunday from 3pm-7pm.