India’s largest inter school music competition, Band-It, organized by Furtados School of Music continued to outshine for the third year in a row in the grand finale held on 16 November 2019. The festival received a record-breaking number of entries across categories like band competition, solo singing, solo instrumental, choir/group singing and beatboxing. Each city — Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad — saw top contestants battling in the grand finale that was supported and judged by a jury comprised of India’s original boy band, A Band Of Boys.
After a fierce competition between the talented students across India spanning eight weeks, the top ten bands across the country were shortlisted by an eminent jury. The G Minor (Gopalan International School, Bangalore) in band category secured the first place followed by The Unsatisfied Musicians (Oberoi International School, Mumbai) as runners-up in the same category.
“Music has been regaining popularity in India, not just as a profession but also for its positive impact on mental health. More and more schools are looking at adding music to their curriculum which is giving students a chance to unleash their creative side. The plethora of talent that we get to see each year leaves me in awe of the students,” said Dharini Upadhyaya, co-founder and co-CEO, Furtados School of Music.
The festival was promoted across schools and social media. Social media influencers from the music industry and renowned singers like Sukhbir Singh and Abhijeet Sawant, winner of Indian Idol Season 1, were seen encouraging and congratulating the students. “Our aim is to promote music education and the talent of our young population. As an educational institute, we pride ourselves in the talent we discover and polish. The talent and love of music has resulted in the festival bigger and gaining popularity each year,” added Tanuja Gomes, co-founder and co-CEO, Furtados School of Music.
Furtados School of Music (FSM) was founded in July 2011 with a vision to make accessible quality music education to children, young and old, making the entire learning process fun-filled, joyous and memorable. The roster of instruments and programmes are constantly expanding and currently extend to piano, electronic keyboard, guitar, drums, violin and vocal. Special emphasis is also given to music theory and musical knowledge to ensure the comprehensive development of a student and eventual musician. FSM has 15 centres pan India.