TWO Immanuel Lutheran School bands wowed the Balaklava Eisteddfod judges, placing first and third in the competition held last weekend.
The Balaklava Eisteddfod is a musical competition held annually and offers students from all year levels the opportunity to perform to a live audience.
The Immanuel students’ bands placed first and third in the junior rock band category of the competition, after they each performed several songs.
Immanuel Lutheran School music teacher Dwayne Hueppauff said it was the second year the school had entered a band and he was proud of the students’ results.
“We competed for the first time last year and we came second,” he said.
“We only had the one band last year, but this year we took two with us to compete.
“It is great because it shows that we are building and improving and that our school has got a good strong music program.
“We are committed to supporting our students and helping them to build and grow into competent musicians.”
Immanuel Lutheran School year seven students Alby Turnbull and Lauren Schulz said the competition was a really good experience and it was great that the bands were both able to place in the category.
“We competed against a lot of bands and the atmosphere was good and everyone was really supportive of what we did and how we did it,” Alby said.
“(The result) was surprising, but a big relief,” Lauren added.
“It showed that the hard work that we put in has paid off and the fact that we were able to top the team that won last year was really good.”
Immanuel Lutheran School year seven student Maddison Blackmore added a thank you, on behalf of all the students, to Mr Hueppauff for helping the bands to prepare for the competition.