The boys in the Russell St School band took some convincing but in the end even they weren't immune to the One Direction fever consuming tweens and teenagers throughout the country.
The first song the Palmerston North primary school's band performed together as a group was One Thing by British boy-band One Direction, who have played in front of screaming crowds during their New Zealand tour.
The nine member Russell St School band, which consists of year four, five and six students, had not been together for long when they performed in front of their school on the final day of last term.
Keyboardist Laura Dodd, 10, said a lot of the boys did not want to do the song at first.
Pianist Jack Milne, 10, agreed. "It's just a gang of Justin Biebers.''
In the end the girls won but the boys would choose the next song, Jack said.
Laura said it was a good song for her to play but singer Ashleigh Kells said it was a challenge to get the harmonies right.
"It was quite a hard song.''
Jack said it was hard for him to get the timing right.
Teacher Nic Mason said the group got together to discuss the songs they wanted to play, with One Thing being favoured by the girls.
"It was pretty split between who wanted to do it and who didn't,'' he said
"I'd never actually heard of One Direction before.''
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