On the 3rd of November 2019, a number of performers and bands, including the Double-Oh-Four from Pathways School Gurgaon performed at Saints n Sinners for Soul Beats, a musical fundraising event hosted by Pure Hearts. This event aimed to provide visually impaired children the opportunity to experience a special movie format. Each ticket of 500 Rupees will be used to show movies to 7 such children.
The Double-Oh-Four band consists of 8 students from MYP 5: Suhani Prakash, Kriti Swarup, Aaryan Krishna, Yashas Khar, Vedaant Raswant, Shloka Marwah, Neil Orridge, and Ruhi Chopra. All of us are beyond passionate about music and performing. While we as a band have performed together multiple times during school events, we have always dreamt about playing for the public as well. We are so thankful toward Eshaan Sharma from MYP 5 and Pure Hearts for giving us an opportunity to make our dreams come true while also contributing to such a noble cause.
The event unfolded in such a way that the professional musicians performed first, followed by a band from Heritage Xperiential Learning School, a band from Shri Ram School, and finally, Pathways School Gurgaon. Prior to the event, our band had prepared 5 songs for our setlist. However, once we had finished with our performance, the audience wanted us to perform 2 more songs on the spot, which helped elevate our adrenaline even further. Once completed, the band huddled together to congratulate each other and was then greeted with the announcement that we had been offered a paid gig at Saints n Sinners!
Personally, I was motivated to participate in this event because it allowed me to expand my passion for music and gave me the opportunity to give back to the community. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience because we were given the opportunity to watch professional musicians perform, as well as receive exposure as to how a live gig is planned and executed. Hence, I feel that this performance has been extremely beneficial for me, both as a student and as a musician. I have learnt the importance of collaboration and understanding, the importance of following instructions and the importance of making the most out of what you have.
Once again, thank you to Pure Hearts for giving us this wonderful opportunity in which we were able to realize our potential and create unforgettable memories.
Written by Suhani Prakash, MYP 5
Edited by Ranya Zara Bimbrahw, MYP 5