Article by Isabel Quah
As one of the annual school events most looked forward to by students and teachers alike, Battle of the Bands, otherwise known as “BOB”, has surely started off 2015 with a bang. The much-awaited Battle of the Bands Prelims took place last weekend, and as always it was another fantastic musical night featuring some of ISM’s most talented musicians. Money raised by the event was donated to charity, and there were amazing raffle prizes up for grabs!
BOB enables the entire Bearcat community to join together and participate in an exhilarating event filled with music, friends, fun, and food. Co-President of BOB Danielle Limcaoco refers to BOB as the “beating heart of second semester, where student musicians are able to showcase the extent of their abilities and creativity, service clubs are able to get some of the money raised to help their service projects, and friends, classmates, and teachers are able to dance along to the music and flashing lights and enjoy two sensational nights, all the while giving back at the same time”. She praises the development of each returning performer and is in awe of how the bands develop and evolve after each consecutive BOB, making the show even more enjoyable. Some of the most notable highlights of Prelims included The Shire’s featured saxophone interlude by Steve An, and Argent’s captivating and electric performance. Danielle remarks: “We just want to make the ISM community unite over the shared passion for service and music. Therefore, their happiness greatly determines ours.”
Regardless of whether performers were a new or returning band or vocalist, the thrill of being up on stage and performing in front of so many people always offers a refreshing feeling. First-time BOB participant Falon Moore blew the crowd away with her impressive rendition of Bruno Mars’ “Locked out of Heaven” and Paramore’s “Misery Business”. Despite being a Freshman, she proved to have the stage presence and voice of a professional. She commented on her experience, saying that she “felt very nervous and anxious that if [she] didn’t perform up to [her] expectations, then [she] would be letting [herself] down.” She continued: “I just enjoyed being on stage and giving it my all!”
All the performances were amazing, but the most esteemed were the performances that earned a place in the BOB Finals.
Vocalists who made it into Finals include: Abby McPherson, Malvika Subramaniam, It Takes Two, Falon Moore, Mari Guzman and Kris Krouch.
Meanwhile, Band Finalists include: Argent, The Shire, Avalon, The Kosmos, The Odd Folk, NSFW and Ceiling Effect.
Make sure to catch even more exciting musical numbers during Finals, which will happen on February 14th – Valentine’s Day!