With the lights dimmed low and a panel of teacher judges, it was the perfect recipe for a fun evening with friends and music. Ledyard’s Amnesty International Club hosted its annual Jamnesty Battle of the Bands event on April 8. Bands included Royal Oaks, Playground, singer songwriter Avery Davies and a one-man band of Michael Riegert. Each performer did a quick set of no more than two songs, which gave the audience a taste of each singer’s sound, but left them wanting more.
Without live feedback from the judges, it was difficult for audience members to form a reasonable opinion on the performances. However, the bands left their mark in their own way. The results were announced by emcees seniors Luke Saccone and Kevin Hutchins at the end of the show.
Playground brought a more fun and experienced set-up to the auditorium and this later paid off, since they went home with a first-place finish. Royal Oaks, however, filled the stage with meaningful lyrics and even allowed several audience members to climb on stage to dance around to the passionate playlist. Davies and Riegert went for a more melancholy sound, which was a nice break from the blaring trumpet of Playground and guitars of Royal Oaks. Needless to say, the judges had a difficult time picking a winner.
Aside from talented musicians, the club used this opportunity to unite everyone’s focus on sophomore Rachel Kane’s video. The video, edited and created by Kane, reminded the audience and performers why they were all there that night — to honor the countless refugees who risk their lives daily to come to America to create a better life for themselves and their family. Amnesty leaders, Kelly Banach and Sam Beacham interviewed refugee host families to share their experiences. It was a touching moment and reminded everyone how grateful they should be.
Overall, Jamnesty showcased some great Ledyard musicians while also highlighting a major issue here and overseas. The hard work from club members was something to behold.
Megan Brawner, Editor-in-Chief
Senior Megan Brawner is the Editor-in-Chief of the 2015-2016 Colonel. She is the captain of the cross country team and runs Indoor and Outdoor Track. She participates in Youth United for Global Action and Awareness (YUGA) Club and is the secretary of the Senior Class. She is the Editor of Key Club. She will attend Central Connecticut State University to study Business next fall.
Leah Sheltry, Assistant Editor-in-Chief
Senior Leah Sheltry is the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of the 2015-2016 Colonel. She is the secretary of Youth United for Global Action and Awareness (YUGA) Club and is on the swim team. She will attend Lasell College to study Fashion Communication & Promotion next fall.