Our biggest Open Air Rock Concert to date was held on Monday.
Setting up the equipment and balancing the sound took a full five hours, all in the baking heat of the sun. Mercifully the mixing desk was under a gazebo offering much appreciated shade. The crowds flocked in early to enjoy their picnics in the balmy evening. And what a turn out it proved to be, our biggest yet, likely to be several hundred strong!
The music too was the most diverse we have had to date. From the soft sax numbers played by Siena Chapel to the high notes achieved by Flo Black's rendition of Whitney Houston's "I will always love you", it was a night to remember. Special treats were Bronson Chen's violin solo to "Fishermen Blues" by the Waterboys and cool rock guitar solos from Pablo Mayoral.
Perhaps musician of the evening has to go to Will Moore, who supported more than ten acts and his solid timing never discernibly faltered. The Staff Band headlined the event with Mr Clark delivering a very raspy Bon Scott-esque performance of "It's a long way to the top (if you want to rock and roll)", and Mrs Cryer closing the show with Highway to Hell - the crowd went mad!
My thanks, as ever, to Mr Rood and Mr Spratley for all they do with bringing children on in their performances. Mr Davies for sound mixing and, of course, AC/DC guitar solos! Lastly, it can never be done without the all seeing eyes of Mr Moo! It was a night where memories were made. Mine is the wonderful sense of partnership between pupils and their teachers, something that Highfield does best. Hopefully, all this has been caught on camera and Mr Davies will be able to make a video for us all to relive those memories once again.
My thanks to everyone who has supported the Highfield Rock bands over the years.
I have now had the privilege to be involved with them for the past fourteen years; it has been a blast, and in the words of the famous AC/DC song, "for those about to rock; we salute you!"