Battle of the Bands event at Orwell Park School near Ipswich

The annual Battle of the Bands competition at Orwell Park School near Ipswich. Picture: TED BLACKBRO

The annual Battle of the Bands competition at Orwell Park School near Ipswich. Picture: TED BLACKBROW - Credit: Archant

Pupils formed their own rival rock bands in a music competition at Orwell Park School near Ipswich.

The annual Battle of the Bands competition at Orwell Park School near Ipswich. Picture: TED BLACKBRO

The annual Battle of the Bands competition at Orwell Park School near Ipswich. Picture: TED BLACKBROW - Credit: Archant

More than 70 students swapped their usual classical music instruments for guitars and drums in the ‘Battle of the Bands’ show before half-term.

From slow rock to dance music, the students, aged from seven to 12, wowed teachers and parents at the event.

The annual Battle of the Bands competition at Orwell Park School near Ipswich. Picture: TED BLACKBRO

The annual Battle of the Bands competition at Orwell Park School near Ipswich. Picture: TED BLACKBROW - Credit: Archant

A school spokesman said: “All of the pupils are encouraged to learn to play the instrument of their choice. They play most of the instruments of the orchestra to a high level.

“Once a year the pupils forget the classical music and are encouraged to form their own rock band to compete with their friends and classmates.

The annual Battle of the Bands competition at Orwell Park School near Ipswich. Picture: TED BLACKBRO

The annual Battle of the Bands competition at Orwell Park School near Ipswich. Picture: TED BLACKBROW - Credit: Archant

“School uniform is abandoned for the night and anything goes, from rock anthems to slow rock dance music.

“This year over 70 musicians took part and a great and noisy time was enjoyed by all.”

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