Ska band takes first place in Battle of Bands
May 26, 2009
A ska band from Park City, "Stoked on Coconuts," won the Battle of the Bands contest Saturday afternoon at the Kimball Art Center.
The band features kids ages 12 to 16 on trombone, alto saxophone, trumpet, bass and guitar. The group beat out seven others to earn the top slot from a panel of judges that included the Mountain Town Stages executive director Brian Richards and Mayor Dana Williams.
About 150 packed into the Main Gallery to listen to music and get a glimpse of student artwork, according to Jenny Diersen, who is the education director for the Kimball and one of the organizers of Battle of the Bands.
"It was an amazing turnout," Diersen said. "I can’t believe how many people came out to support the bands."
Some of the groups have experience playing on stages around town. For others, it was their first time in front of an audience. Many, though, will get the change to perform as opening acts at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Amphitheater and other venues in Park City.
The success of the acts stemmed from enthusiastic cheering, Diersen said. "The crowd was really supportive." Cheers bolstered each of the groups during 15-minute mini-concerts, including Carson Robb, a ninth grader from Treasure Mountain whose one-person acoustic set impressed audiences and judges.
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The event, co-sponsored by the Paul Green School of Rock and Mountain Town Stages, is part of the Wasatch Back Student Art Show, an annual exhibition of student work that typically attracts hundreds of submissions.
The Jazz Jokerz, a collection of 12 to 14 year olds from Ecker Hill Elementary School and Treasure Mountain International School, earned second prize. A five-man rock group from Park City High School, Remembrance, garnered third place.
It wasn’t just the just the level of talent that brought a smile to spectators, but showmanship as well. Groupies huddled backstage, performers delivered swoon-worthy riffs and one lithe youngster back-flipped off the stage, recalled Corine Humphrey, who handles publicity for the Kimball.
"Stoked on Coconuts"
Greg Papiel, 16
Adam Call, 16
Willson Corrigan, 15
Charlie Actor, 16
Rufus Frost, 15
August Simons, 16
Rawson Simmons, 12
Derrick Dymalski, 13
John Klein, 12
Will Shumacher, 12
Grady Tesch, 14
Andrew Proctor, 17
Cole Johnston, 17