Spilsby ‘Soul’ for pupils

The students in action.
The students in action.

A Spilsby school’s first ever soul band is coming.

Budding Wilson Picketts recently took part in competitive auditions for a place in King Edward VI Academy’s Soul Band.

Professional musician Steve Walker, musical director of the Alford Silver Band, was joined on a judging panel by competition organiser and music teacher Charlotte Burton and head of performing arts Kate Walker.

Mr Walker has agreed to be director of the academy’s Soul Band and weekly rehearsals will start in the summer term.

Students from years seven to 11 and members of staff auditioned for various places. Successful vocalists were Alysha Le Gate, Shauna Lee Dawson and Tia Rose Lawley with backing vocalists Mrs Kenneally Forrester, Mrs Walker and Mrs Walsh.

Lead guitarist will be Jack Reavy, on bass guitar will be Louis Whiley, and on rhythm guitar, Jordan Smith.

Ross Epton will play drums and Jessica Gillison the keyboard. Mr Joyce will be on trombone with Miss Burton playing trumpet.

Mrs Walker said: “Staff and students are excited about the Soul Band.

“There was real competition for places and those who made it were really pleased. We just can’t wait to get started.”

“They were still looking for a saxophonist and any staff or students who could fill the role are asked to contact Miss Burton or Mrs Walker.

“Those students who did not get through this time should not feel disheartened as they were all very brave and performed really well,” she said.

The successful event culminated in an impromptu performance during which Alysha and the musicians, along with Mr Walker on keyboard, performed an up tempo soul song.

Students in 7V, who were in the audience, had the chance to try some of the instruments at the end.

“They really enjoyed it too. The band members were happy to help them try out the electric guitars and the fantastic new electronic drum kit.

“Well done to everyone involved and many thanks to Miss Burton for organising the whole event,” said Mrs Walker.

- Pictured are students (left to right) Alysha Le Gate, Jack Reavy, Ross Epton and Louis Whiley in an impromptu performance following the auditions for the Soul Band.