Inter-House Air Band is a perennial favourite event at Shawnigan and is typically one of the highlights of the school year. With strict health and safety protocols in place this year, one had to wonder how successfully this event could be reimagined for a virtual platform – part of the magic is the electric atmosphere in the theatre as the whole School gathers to watch and compete. So how would the event translate to an online platform? Extremely well, it turns out!
Houses were tasked with creating video submissions for this year’s competition – and they were more than up for the challenge. Teams poured countless hours over several weeks into the creation of their videos. Song choice(s), lyric memorization, choreography, costume design, cinematography and film editing were all part of the creative process. A wonderful consequence of moving to the video format was that it allowed for even more student participation and enabled students with diverse talents to shine.
All 11 boarding houses participated and each House, without exception, produced an outstanding video. The talent, creativity and courage displayed were incredible – making the judges’ decision very difficult! But in the end, winners had to be chosen. Congratulations to the runners up, Renfrew (girls) and Duxbury (boys), and to the winners, Strathcona (girls) and Lonsdale’s (boys)! Lonsdale’s House was declared the overall winner with their impressive rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
This reimagined event was such a huge success that one of the judges even suggested that Inter-House Music Video may need to become a new tradition! There are already whispers of a staff entry in next year’s event…
Many thanks to the judges, Mr. McLeod, Mrs. McLeod and Ms Tyrrell, for their witty commentary and supportive feedback, and to Mr. Trafford for producing such an excellent video presentation.
We are already looking forward to next year’s event!
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