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Swear Down Band return Battle of the Bands Trophy

You may remember that Walthamstow Academy’s own Swear Down Band won the borough Battle of the Bands final this time last year. The annual contest run by Waltham Forest Music Service is held at Leyton Sixth Form and features bands from schools across the borough competing against each other in front of a panel of judges and a live audience.

As trophy holders Swear Down could not enter the contest, however headlined the show by performing 3 polished songs to the audience whilst the judges decided the winner in secret. Their tight set list included last year’s competition winner ‘Falling’ by Alicia Keys, ‘Wrecking Ball’ by Miley Cyrus and new piece ‘Stitches’ by Sean Mendes. Many people commented on how far the band had come on since last year’s show and following their performance was a short interview. Although Swear Down are a student band they have been performing together for almost 4 years now and have reached the highest level of musicianship seen from a band in the history of the Academy.

WA launches new Samba Band for Spirit of Rio Festival

Our new Samba band has been put together specifically to engage with the Spirit of Rio Festival based around the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Made up of a mixture of year 7 and 8 students this band play more traditional Samba rhythms that can typically be heard at Carnival in Rio. It was no coincidence that the debut performance of this band was at The Copperbox in our own Olympic Park, Stratford. This event was part of the X-Elle programme and themed around the Spirit of Rio festival. The United Learning X-Elle Programme aims to develop confidence and life-skills in girls through sport and is led by four-time Olympic skier Chemmy Alcott. The band entertained a large crowd inside and outside the Copperbox and proudly represented Walthamstow Academy at this group wide event. The performance was excellent and had a real authenticity in the grooves created by the 12-piece Samba Band. Look out for more performances from them over the Summer term.

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