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Music students fine tune skills for ‘battle’ final

By Patrick Nelson

Hello Jenny vocalist Michael Lindsay performs at Battle of the School Bands in Alice Springs Hello Jenny vocalist Michael Lindsay performs at Battle of the School Bands in Alice Springs

Central Australian solo artist Silva Landers and members of the student band Hello Jenny have been fine-tuning their skills for the Battle of the School Bands final in Darwin this week.

The Alice Springs artists will be asked to perform two original songs in a competition featuring student musicians from Darwin, Palmerston and Nhulunbuy.

It will be a big step up from the recent Central Australian heat, where three bands and three solo artists impressed judges with a sound demonstration of their skills in a loud and spirited concert.

Charles Darwin University contemporary music lecturer Cain Gilmour said Hello Jenny scored well with judges across all criteria in the heat.

“Judges gave them a score of 241 points out of a maximum 280,” he said.

“Their stage craft and proficiency with instruments was good, their musicianship was strong and their songs were original and creative.”

The Melbourne Indy-style band comprises OLSH students Michael Lindsay (vocals/guitar), and brothers Levi (bass) and Huon Chapman (drums).

Michael and Levi, who have been studying contemporary music at CDU for the past three years through the Vocational Education and Training in Schools program, are now undertaking units of the Certificate IV program.

Mr Gilmour said Silva Landers, a Centralian Senior College student who also has been studying music at CDU, acquitted herself well with a gutsy performance before an appreciative crowd.

“Silva writes good quality songs and performs with a lot of confidence,” he said.