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Soul Academy night raises just under £2000!

On Saturday the school’s impressive soul band, Soul Academy, showcased their talent and entertained over 100 people at the Banchory Scout Hut to raise money for brand new stage lights for the drama department.  A massive thank you to the band for their hard work over several months preparing for the gig, to all the people who bought tickets and supported the event, and to the fantastic team of organisers and helpers for making this event happen!

With the set list running to 36 songs, including all-time favourites such as Valerie, Proud Mary and Mustang Sally, the band got plenty of people on the dance floor and delivered 2½ hours of great music.

Established in the late 1990s by then music teacher Dougie Trueman, and since 2012 under the energetic leadership of PT music teacher, Mr Bruce, and cool bass guitar player and geography teacher, Mr Bilsland, Soul Academy has given 20 years of pupils the chance to perform and entertain.  The quality of the band’s work is all the more astounding because of the year-on-year changes as new S1 members join and old S6 members leave.

Band members - who audition to join the 20-strong group, including 4 sound engineers - come from all years.  ‘The experience of performing in a band like Soul Academy gives a wonderful opportunity to gain confidence and develop creativity,’ said Mr Bruce.  ‘Band members learn teamwork, and as they progress through their years at school, they take on a mentoring role for the new, younger members.’  For some pupils, the experience of being in Soul Academy has inspired them to follow careers in music.

The gig on Saturday was organised by Banchory Academy Parent Council and PTA to raise money towards new stage lights at the school.