Band hits high note at music contest

Drummer Ben Reynard from winning band Summer City. (110217GS3n)
Drummer Ben Reynard from winning band Summer City. (110217GS3n)
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A RIPON band has triumphed in the district’s biggest and best battle of the bands competition for schools.

After four months of school heats, Summer City won the judges’ vote in the annual AMP Awards final at the Royal Hall in Harrogate.

The band, made up of drummer Ben Reynard, whose performance was rated the best instrumental of the final by judges, Ben Adams on vocals and guitar, and Kit Parker on bass, said it had been an amazing night.

“It’s a huge honour to win this year’s AMP Awards. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for us, the crowd was amazing and we were completely blown away by the support that we received,” said drummer Ben.

The AMP Awards not only highlights musical talent but encourages enterprise in a competition co-founded by Josh Hill of Boroughbridge High School. Ripon Grammar School’s White Noise team had the support of Harriet Cartwright from Cicada PR as they took responsibility for PR and graphics. Boroughbridge High School team ICE took on the management of communications between VIPs and sponsors with the help of Stuart Brown from Osmosis Brand Communication and Rick Jones, chef at the Water Rat, Ripon, helped students from Dr B’s serve up pre-show VIP hospitality.

l Full report and pictures on the AMP awards, pages 20 and 21.