Thursday, November 19, 2009

Oro XU’s band chosen people choice in national tilt



CAGAYAN de Oro’s very own Little School House grabbed the People’s Choice Awards in the Soundskool 2009 finals night last November 14 at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila, besting mushrooming bands from the rest of the country such as Disco Disco Disco and In Descent, among others.
   
“We are grateful for the support of our parents, relatives, Corpus Christi School family, Kuya Tope, Sir. Joey, YFC and Gawad Kalinga community, Xavier Ateneans, Soundtable, Soundskool, Mindworks, Jamroom studio and to everyone who believe in the power of music! Thank you so much guys! We have a gift for all of you guys soon,” the band jubilantly posted on their Facebook account.
   
The Soundskool finalists performed alongside some of the country’s best bands who served as the finalists’ mentors leading up to the Grand Finals Night. The young musicians got to interact, jam and perform alongside chart toppers like previous Soundskool grand prize winners Hilera and Letter Day Story, 6CycleMind, Pedicab, Itchy Worms, Imago, Sugarfree, Taken By Cars, Urbandub, Spongecola, Paraluman, Callalily, Sandwich and Moonstar 88. Known dance group Philippine All Stars brought the audience to their feet with their performances. Another rare sight during the Soundskool Grand Finals Night was when all the vocalists from this year’s mentor bands banded together and shared the stage for one outstanding performance.
   
Little School House is a five piece fusion funk rock band based in Cagayan de Oro City formed in late 2007. For most of the band’s existence, the members have been vocalist Mark King, guitarist Daniel Lardizabal, bassist Isiah Mogut, drummer Alex Gopez and on keyboards, Nestor Punay. The band’s varied musical style has fused traditional rock and funk with various elements and psychedelic rock.
   
The band is currently performing as one of the rising bands in Cagayan de Oro and has performed to a large number of 7,000 audiences. Pilipino I features nationalistic songs and will be released soon in early 2010.
   
The band’s active musical ventures: front act of Bamboo last 2008, winning first runner-up on a Youth for Christ band competition; released a music video that covers Wake Up Everybody, champion of the city Battle of the Bands last August 29 and teaches music to others.
   
The members of the band cover a rich background in music and music business: Gopez was a student of one of the nation’s proficient drum teachers, Jojo Marzon; Lardizabal, student of the world class teacher, Tom Hess who recently released, Under the Same Sky, a 10, 000 compilation CD distributed worldwide.
   
“If you want to know what indie band will be the next successful act in the Philippines, you just have to look at… Little School House,” exclaimed Tommaso Zillio, professional guitarist and instsructor
   
”We met during our high school days but we later on decided to form a band in college. The process wasn’t instant though, it took us time to pick each of the members and it just happened that we were in one high school,” Little School House members chorused.
   
The grand winner of Soundskool 2009 was Eevee, a Davao-based college band. Eevee, composed of Enzo Miguel Villegas (vocals and guitar), Paolo Raymundo Segura (lead guitar), Jerrick Adrian Sy (bass) and Craig John Neniel (drums), won the competition’s P250,000 cash prize, an exclusive record label deal with Sony Music Entertainment Philippines and P150,000 worth of music equipment for the school they represent.
   
Representing Philippine Women’s College of Davao, Eevee bested out 12 of the best college bands from across the country during the Finals night. This year’s finalist bands that performed at the Ninoy Aquino Sports Stadium this year are: Little School House (Ateneo de Cagayan – Xavier University), Eevee (Philippine Women’s College – Davao), Disco…Disco…Disco (St. Michael’s College – Iligan City), Lady Suzette (AMA – Tacloban), Sundae Special (Iloilo Doctors College), 3 Hours and 10  (University of the Visayas – Cebu), Iktuz (Colegio de San Juan De Letran Calamba - Calamba Laguna), Mixed Tape (Lyceum - St. Cabrini College of Allied Medicine – Batangas), In Descent (University of Perpetual Help Laguna – Binan Laguna), Nameless Heroes  (Mapua Institute of Technology - Makati), Play (Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Quezon City), Soltera (AMA - International Institute of Technology - Cubao) and Project (Jose Rizal University).
   
“We are very overwhelmed with this victory. All the bands that were with us on our “journey to fame” were really good and it was anybody’s game up until show time,” exclaimed Villegas.
   
The judges during the Grand Finals Night were music enthusiasts and executives Eileen Rose Bangcoro, Vic Valenciano, Jerrick Mina, Darwin Hernandez and Shinji Tanaka. – mark Francisco



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