Five Delavan-Darien High School students are looking to prove they’re one of the top high school “garage” bands in the state by competing in the Wisconsin School Music Association’s Launchpad competition.
Junior Tyler Hansen (electric guitar), sophomores Jason Jeffrey (electric guitar), Anthony Welch (drums) and Ryan Ettner (bass guitar), and freshman Maggie Sirkman (vocals) together make up the band “Losing Streak.”
The group — a “pop/punk” band — has made a recording of their original music and several cover songs and entered it into the Launchpad competition, a statewide, alternative music competition for Wisconsin high school students who are in bands formed outside of the traditional music classroom ensembles.
Up to 15 bands from throughout Wisconsin compete at each of the four regional competitions, held in Wauwatosa, Chippewa Falls, Chilton and Sun Prairie. Three semi-finalists are chosen from the regionals and then compete at the finals, scheduled for Saturday, June 9, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Union South building.
Each of the 12 bands that make it to the finals perform sets at the world-renowned and wildly popular Summerfest Music Festival in Milwaukee. The grand-prize winning band also earns the Les Paul Launchpad Award, free studio recording time and a Yamaha instrument/equipment for the school of the winning band.
Losing Streak will perform at its regional competition on Friday, May 11, in Wauwatosa. Other bands at that regional are mostly from throughout southeastern Wisconsin.
Losing Streak is the only band from Walworth County to perform in the regional finals, according to the Launchpad Wisconsin website.
Most of the Losing Streak members have been playing together since early middle school. All are involved in the music program at DDHS in various capacities, too,
Hansen is in the Lydian Choir, Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble. Jeffrey is a member of the Chamber Choir, Concert Band and Jazz Lab. Welch sings in the Chamber Choir and plays in the Symphonic Winds and Jazz Ensemble groups. Ettner is in Chamber Choir, Symphonic Winds and Jazz Lab. Sirkman is a member of the DDHS Concert Band.
Last year, the Delavan-Darien “ska/rock” band Take Home Treats was one of the 12 finalists that performed at Summerfest. That band featured six students from Delavan-Darien High School and got to play on both the Kohl’s Captivation Stage and the Potawatomi Stage.
For more information on the competition, visit the Launchpad website: http://www.launchpadwisconsin.org/.