By SEAN EZENWUGO, BT
On February 26 th , Psi and EK held their first ever Battle of the Bands. The first of its kind,
this event took place in a classroom in Schoenberg and was spearheaded by the Psi’s Director of Music Emma Boone and EK’s Director of Music and Service Talia Fossa. Teams were formed
through a google form, asking members to pick their favorite genres. The officers then
proceeded to pair members accordingly, and teams had a month and a half to practice their
At the event, there were five judges. Three were active members (Ronnie Chase, Marcus
Veal, and Kaitlyn Walkins), one candidate member (Evelyn Coffey), and one guest judge (Paul
Addleman). The first performance was an A capella group who called themselves Anyway,
Here’s Wonderwall, consisting of Talia Fossa, Sarah Jensen, Omer Lavian, and Gabrial Ramirez.
Their performance of “Somewhere Only We Know,” by Keanu, was beautiful, chilling, acoustic
honeydew. The next group was a Recorder Ensemble that was deemed 3snW – The Lean Mean
Meme Machine, consisting of Jade McVay, Carrie Appel, William Shu, Sean Ezenwugo, and
Justin Wolfman. Their arranged performance of “Pressure,” by Muse, was filled with all kinds of
toy instrument renditions, consisting of kazoos, harmonicas, bell sets, and keyboards. A-
HAcoustic, a Rock Band made up of Kevin Reidy, Michie Leccese, and Emma Atkins, performed an arrangement A-HA’s “Take on Me.” The mixture of light guitar chords and Kevin’s timbre was a wonderful fruit blend. Teezer was another Rock Band, with Emma Boone on keys, Harry Mitchell on electric guitar, Jacob Hambalek on drums, and Randy Reza on bass. Their rendition of “Mr. Brightside,” by The Killers, was amazing. I personally enjoyed their surprise
performance, because it was a cover of Weezer’s cover of “Africa” by Toto. This was evident by
Hambalek’s tasty (and nutritious) drum licks, almost identical to Weezer’s drum patterns.
Classic American Foursquare, a Folk Group consisting of Kyle Reidy and John Lassetter,
performed a Folk Melody. This acoustic duo performed some American folk classics, including “Strasbourg St. Denis,” by Roy Hargrove, was literal fruit salad.
The debut of the group 3snW, comprised of brothers Jade McVay, Justin Wolfman, Sean Ezenwugo, William Shu, and candidate Carrie Appel!