Albany Senior High is always rockin' on a Tuesday

BY LUCY VICKERS
Last updated 05:00 10/07/2009
Band Factory
Photo: BEN WATSON

SCHOOL OF ROCK: Band Factory students Hamish Anderson, 16, Danielle Hawkins, 15, Karl Leisky, 15, and Charlie Lin, 15.

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Students have turned Albany Senior High into the school of rock.

Each Tuesday they come together to make music in an environment where they inspire and motivate each other.

Called Band Factory, the initiative is open to 11 to 18-year-olds.

Twenty-two students from Orewa College, Murrays Bay Intermediate, Albany Junior High School and Albany Senior High School are included in the North Shore workshops.

The aspiring musicians have formed bands and rehearse in the first two hours of the session. In the last half hour they perform.

The students have also put on a public concert.

Sixteen-year-old drummer Hamish Anderson says Band Factory has been really helpful with getting experience performing.

Bass player Karl Leisky says you don’t realise how much it helps and how good it is until you try it. He says it’s great for confidence.

"It’s a big learning curve for them and helps not just their musical skills but their personal skills," says Albany Senior High School head of performing arts Tim Smith.

If you are interested in participating contact tsmith@ashs.school.nz.

Band Factory was started by Kaipara College music head Nick Roberts.

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