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A pair of Delavan-Darien High School students, along with their Elkhorn Area High School band mates, will be performing on a Summerfest stage this summer. July 3, to be exact.
The band, Relatively Blue, which features DDHS juniors Jason Jeffrey on bass guitar and Anthony Welch on drums, won a regional competition of the state’s Launchpad Music Competition recently.
Relatively Blue will be one of 12 Wisconsin high school “garage” bands to perform a set at the world’s largest music festival. The winner of those 12 performing bands will get to play a second set on a Summerfest stage, along with studio recording time and $5,000 for their school’s band department.
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.
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.
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/.