DDHS students hopeful for Summerfest stage gig


Jason Jeffrey, front, and Anthony Welch, are members of the blues band Relatively Blue and will hope to play a gig at Summerfest this summer.

A pair of 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.

DDHS juniors Jason Jeffrey, bass guitar, and Anthony Welch, drums, are two members of the five-member blues band, Relatively Blue.

The other three members of the band are Elkhorn Are High School students Ben Meine, electric guitar and vocals; Christine Bain, saxophone; and Ben Mahon, saxophone.

Relatively Blue is performing at the Launchpad Milwaukee Regionals this Friday, May 10, at Wauwatosa East High School at 7:20 p.m. They are one of 15 bands competing for 3 spots for the finals in Madison in June.

The band will perform an original song called “Straight Shooter” and and a blues song called “Hideaway” by Freddie King.

The Launchpad competition is 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.

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 egets a second performance slot at Summerfest, free recording time at a Madison music studio and a $5,000 package for their school music program. One of the finalists will also play at a Milwaukee stop of the Vans Warped Tour in July.

It is the third-consecutive year a band featuring DDHS students is competing in the Launchpad competition. Last year, a five-member rock band called Losing Streak, which featured Jeffrey and Welch, competed.

Prior to that, a Delavan-Darien-based ska/rock band called 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/.

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