May 31, 2014 at 7:49 AM
MILLBURN, NJ - Local student musicians the performed in front of their peers, parents, and teachers on Friday, May 30, as Millburn High School held the 2014 Battle of the Bands through the Millburn High School Key Club. The event raised money for the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking.
Millburn High School student, Ilina Ghosh, who organized the event, said, “I had the idea a year ago for a Battle of the Bands. Then I heard a seminar about human trafficking and became really concerned about it, so I decided to use the Battle of the Bands to do something about human trafficking.”
In Millburn High School’s Main Gym, over a hundred students, parents, and teachers came to watch three bands perform and support the Key Club’s cause. The bands included Animal Pharmacy, Moral High Ground, and Restore.
One student who attended the Battle of the Bands, Erica Delgado, said the event “was great because I got to see students still pursuing their musical talents.”
The Battle of the Bands was judged by High School teachers including Mrs. Siegel, Mrs. Snyder, and Mrs. Thoroman. Each band wowed judges, from Restore’s cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction” to Animal Pharmacy’s use of the flute and violin in its final song.
Mrs. Siegel stated “I was super impressed by the talent here. The fact that kids can play multiple instruments and everything else is mind-blowing.”
In the end, Animal Pharmacy won the competition because of its unique use of five instruments between three members and its passionate performance of its original song “To Boycott a Protest.” The band earned a free studio session at the So.i.Heard House of Music. Restore came in second place, followed by Moral High Ground in third place.
Restore’s drummer and lead singer Griffin Schwab called the event “fun and I felt great doing it. All the music was good and it was an enjoyable experience.”
The $700 in proceeds, more than double what the school’s Key Club had expected to raise, will be donated to the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking.
The event was sponsored by local businesses, such as the So.i.Heard House of Music, which provided the equipment, the Millburn Diner, and La Strada.