A primary school band from Buckinghamshire has released a single that puts a positive spin on the difficult emotions children feel when they are growing up.
The band, Star Struck, is from Portfields Primary School in Newport Pagnell. The five musicians, aged between nine and 11, have been playing together for over a year as part of Rocksteady Music School.
They’ve now written and recorded an original single called I Don’t Mind, inspired by the issues of identity and self-esteem that many schoolchildren experience.
Available on a variety of streaming services around the world, including iTunes, Apple Music and Google Play, the single can be heard on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/album/0lYrWxujOItZBWkTMFJCut.
Since being part of Rocksteady, the band has become in demand at school and has formed collaborations and bands with other students outside the weekly sessions.
Star Struck is:
- Victoria – drums
- Mia – keyboard and vocals
- Macy – drums
- Derren – guitar
- Charlie – guitar
Sarah Folkard, Headteacher at Portfields, said:
‘I’m so very proud of Mia, Vicky, Charlie, Macy and Derren and the amazing rock group they have become. Paul at Rocksteady is so inspiring – the children have been immersed in music.
‘To have written, produced and performed their very own rock song is an outstanding achievement. Everyone at Portfields is blown away!’
Rocksteady Band Leader, Paul, who helped the band to write and record the single, said:
‘The band have all worked so hard writing their own song.
‘They’re amazing musicians and I’m so glad that the whole world now has the opportunity to hear just what they are capable of!’
Head of Impact at Rocksteady, Ben Millier, said:
‘What these five children have achieved is fantastic, the single is catchy and uplifting and addresses issues of identity and self-esteem that many young people encounter as they grow.
‘Rocksteady is about empowering young people through music and Star Struck have demonstrated just how powerful that can be.’