Spotlight on Band-Aid

Article by: Zaineen Karim

On February 4th, performers at Band-Aid worked their hardest to bring us an astounding evening to remember. The show had everything: today’s top hits, ballads about being lonely, cool jazz numbers, trumpet solos, saxophone solos, Grease, an adorable singing six-year old, throwbacks to several decades, a guy who wore an afro, skilled dancers, choir members trying (and succeeding) to be dancers, and of course setting a great example of the Bearcat spirit as all the proceeds went to service partners working with Tri-M.

The performers truly put in their best effort to make Band-Aid happen. Anne S., a junior and a member of show-choir, faced the challenge of juggling the IB and rehearsals for the show. “As a junior in the IB program, it isn’t easy to manage all activities outside of classes. I try to overcome this challenge by pushing myself to finish everything by the due date. I also tried to organize my schedule to fit practice and work throughout the week” she says.

“Prior to the show, the most difficult task was learning the actual songs and working together with the other classes, Jazz Band and Advanced Dance. For example, if the singers messed up, it would affect the dancers and cause a delay for everyone at rehearsals. Once all of that was sorted out, stage fright played a significant role during the performance,” Anne said. She and all the other performers did, however, manage to overcome those challenges and put on a great show. Show Choir, Jazz Band, and Advanced Dance worked together flawlessly and demonstrated remarkable coordination and teamwork.

Each number was accompanied by enthusiasm, showmanship and fabulous costumes. Elise M., a junior who watched the show, was very impressed with the whole event. “One of the highlights of the show was the faculty band which I thought did very well. They played a large range of songs and they did it well,” she says.

The faculty band, titled Monkey Eat Vegetable, dazzled the audience with their eclectic performance, which they put together under a narrow time constraint. “We went for twelve songs in about seven minutes and focused on getting a very quick transition between the songs to keep it moving. Our guitarist was ill so we borrowed one of the seniors on bass, Tim. He was incredibly helpful and picked up the songs really quickly. We managed to get the performance together in just about two or three days,” says Mr. Hill, the drummer for Monkey Eat Vegetable and walking evidence that physics teachers can be cool.

Fun fact: as random as it may seem, the name ‘Monkey Eat Vegetable’ has a story behind it. In Thai, the word for ‘monkey’ is ling, the word for ‘eat’ is kin, and the word for ‘vegetable’ is phak. Put it together and it’s Ling Kin Phak, like Linkin Park.

By the end of the show the audience was asking for more, and sure enough, they were granted one final number. Band-Aid was amazing! Those who missed out this time should definitely check it out next year.