Kangaroo Inn school band play at Cantina

Cantina: Teacher Jack Cunningham (left) and the Kangaroo Inn school band played live in front of 200 people at the Cantina in Robe.
Cantina: Teacher Jack Cunningham (left) and the Kangaroo Inn school band played live in front of 200 people at the Cantina in Robe.

The Kangaroo Inn Area School band played at the Cantina at Robe on February 17.

The Cantina is part of the Fiesta de Amor, held through the Adelaide Fringe Festival. The band played five songs on the day with three of the songs being originals that the band had written and produced themselves.

The band drew quite a large crowd on the day. Two hundred people attended the event and Kangaroo Inn Area School teacher Jack Cunningham, who was responsible for bringing the band together, was rapt with the result.

Mr Cunningham told the Leader what an “awesome” experience it was for the students to perform live in front of an audience.

”It was their first proper live performance at a festival,” he said. “They were pretty nervous but they ended up playing really well. They nailed it and it was a lot of fun!”

The band rehearsed every day for the first three weeks of school at lunch time for around 25 minutes at a time. Mr Cunningham mentioned how impressed he was with his students and how all their hard work had paid off.

The band is scheduled to play another live gig in the near future at a monthly jam session in Beachport.

In the meantime, Mr Cunningham and his students are in the process of building a recording studio at the school to produce more songs of their own to play at future live gigs.

”We’re hoping to get in there and record a couple more original songs,” Mr Cunningham said. “The studio should be complete by the end of term two.

“Hopefully we will have finished recording by the end of term 1 and then all the mixing and stuff will probably take another term.”