The clash of the drums made the audience roar with excitement when Mount St. Mary Academy hosted the 10th annual Mountstock Battle of the Bands on Oct. 7.
Mountstock is an annual outdoor event that brings together teens from all over the area. At this fun-filled event, local high school bands perform and the audience votes for the winner.
A few the bands that performed included TEN, Lake Paradigm, Not Too Long and Lost Connections.
Lost Connections was the champion of Mountstock 2016, and they came back this year, impressing the audience again.
"The reason we keep coming back to Mountstock is simply because it’s such a good time. Hanging out with other high school musicians and playing for an exciting crowd full of friends is always enjoyable and a favorite gig to play," said Nathan Kohler, a member of Lost Connections.
The supportive crowd was the best part of Mountstock. They were dancing, singing and laughing the whole way through.
The winning band this year, TEN, blew the audience away with its performance. TEN is made up of lead singer Lauren Eger, a sophomore at Lewiston-Porter; lead guitarist Ben Nicolas, a freshmen at Niagara Wheatfield; and drummer Jimmy Terryberry, an 8th grader at St. Christopher School.
"This is TEN’s first time performing at Mountstock," said the band’s manager, Karl Terryberry.
"The band has been seeking venues in Buffalo to expand their range, and this seemed like an opportunity to play in front of different people, but also play with people their own age. TEN has often been an opening act for bands that are much older and much more established. This gives them an opportunity to play among their peers," he said.
Mountstock is a special student-sponsored and organized event that everyone can enjoy.
"It also is fun to see the faculty there dancing along to the bands playing," said Skyler Bogdan, an alumna of Mount St. Mary.
Lake Paradigm, a band made up of all Mount St. Mary students, performed at Mounttock for the first time this year. Claire Bressette, Annabella Bogart and Madison Hammar, all sophomores, started their band last year as a way to have fun and to showcase their talents.
"This is the atmosphere you feel as soon as you walk into Mountstock," Madison said. "People are getting together to share music and to express themselves, which is what it’s all about."
Amelia Waddell is a junior at Mount St. Mary Academy.