17 September, 2017                                                         


           -Ms. Perpetual Nazareth

The band boys of Don Bosco High School, Matunga participated in Band-it Festival 2017, an Inter-School Band Competition organised by Furtado School of Music on 15th September at St. Andrew’s Auditorium, Bandra. The elimination round held in three different sessions saw the students make it to the top ten from a total of 52 schools which was an achievement by itself.

The biggest inter-school competition in the city of Mumbai with more than 500 schools invited had celebrated musicians to audition, judge and share their experiences with the young students so as to motivate and inspire them for music. There were exciting prizes on offer and a learning platform for the stars of tomorrow.

The band called themselves the ‘Glorious 75’ in view of the Platinum Jubilee of the school. As a reward for being one of the finalist bands, the players were entitled to a 90 minutes mentoring session on 11th September with Mr. Chintu Bhosale, the grandson of Mrs. Asha Bhosale,who is also a musician and an acclaimed music educator in Mumbai. It was a great exposure to the world of music for our students

At the competition, the “Glorious 75” with Ethan Mathew as the vocalist, Benson Nazareth and Varghese Chiramel on the saxophone, Jermin Jose, the bass guitarist, Chezian Vaiz and Jash Kasare on the trumpet and Nigel Fernandes the drummer emerged as the “Audience Favourite”! And the lead singer Ethan Mathew was awarded the “Best Vocalist”. Mrs. Lolita Mendonca, a parent commented, “Our school band stood out as being the only brass band. They belted out some foot tapping numbers”

Benson Nazareth, the saxophonist expressed his feelings during the performance saying, “I felt like a professional player playing in big shows.” Mr. Hadyn Dias, an active volunteer who helps out with the study class and music of the boarders at Dominic Savio High School, Andheri paid a glorious tribute to the school band. He said, “The boys synchronised very well together and performed songs that were not conventionally popular. However they still managed to keep the audience thoroughly engaged and entertained throughout their performance. He was all praise for the music master Sir Saby Franco. “Well done Saby! Congratulations to you for your hard work, dedication, talent and a truly outstanding performance,” he said.

Fr. Bernard summed up the entire experience with the words, “I was happy that our students got an exposure on the big stage before a knowledgeable and appreciative audience. The band master Sir Saby has a way with the children and the brilliant performance was there for all to see.”


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