People of all ages gathered together for food and fun Sept. 29. The reason: music.
The Bannockburn Community Clubhouse held its second annual music festival this Saturday. Sophomore rock band Deez Notes performed along with eight adult bands from the area.
Whitman parent Jody Myers, a member of the community club board, organized the event.
“I came up with the idea last year,” he said. “It seemed like a different way to bring the community together.”
The festival also featured food trucks, including ice cream stands, bake sales and other goods scattered across the grounds to promote the event, he said.
Myers played back-up bass along with Zach Simon (’04) in A to Z, a rock band that was formed for the festival. Science teacher Kelly Garton, who has been playing drums since he was 10, also played in two jazz acts.
“I like to play music as a hobby,” Myers said. “I know other people in the community do too.”
A to Z played cover songs like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” and some originals, including the reggae-style “Sacrifice” and “Empires,” a rock song.
Deez Notes played mostly classic rock, like “Wait ‘Till Tomorrow” by Jimi Hendrix, but also some new hits, like The Black Keys’ “Gold on the Ceiling.”
Though Deez Notes was the only high school band, the band members knew the other musicians and got along with them well, sophomore Nick Henning said.
“They’re great musicians,” he said. “So it was fun.”
The event was successful in part because of the nice weather, Myers said. Last year it rained, forcing the festival to take place inside. Having the event outside definitely made the night more enjoyable, he said.
“It was a fun event,” Henning said. “There was a barbecue, a lot of people – it was nice and chill.”
Ticket sales, which were $10 general admission but $5 for students, went toward the Bannockburn Clubhouse. Though sponsors contributed money, all the bands played for free.
Because of the friendly crowd, the performance was pressure-free, Henning said. A lot of time went into organizing the event, so the acts proceeded smoothly.
“It was fun for me to get back to the neighborhood and see familiar faces,” Simon said. “Everyone had a good time, and I look forward to next year.”