Battle of the Bands

Johnathan and Vail Hu - Brook Ashcraft photo

Johnathan and Vail Hu – Brook Ashcraft photo

San Juan Update high school intern Brook Ashcraft shares this report on last week’s event at Brickworks…


Funksgiving – Brook Ashcraft photo

The witty and humble Eric Sable hosted the first annual Battle of the Bands at Brickworks on April 22nd. The event featured music by Monkeys Like Bananas, the FHHS Combo Band, Funksgiving, and others. There was dancing, a beat-box battle between Mr. Troutman and Eric, and surprise saxophone performances.

The evening left us all feeling in touch with each other and the community. FHHS band teacher, Cart Nelsen, gave a speech. He stated, “This does not happen every place.” He addressed the overwhelming sense of unity that the island provides us all with.

A total of $1,204 was raised for the band program. Sable spoke, “This money is going to help out the bands, I think 6th through 12th grade. It’s mainly going to be a fund for trips, and it’s going to be a fund for instrument repairs, and workshops. It’s going to make our band great. With the help of Mr. Nelsen and the wonderful kids in band. It’s gonna be awesome. I think we’re going to see this resurgence of the arts, and we’re going to keep this event going!” Thunderous applause followed his speech.

Thanks to Eric Sable and the LEOs Club for making this evening happen!

All photos by Brook Ashcraft – click to see more: 






Levi on Sax


Hannah Greene


Max Rathburn – FHHS Combo Band


Left – Grace Willows on Clarinet Right – Fiona Sutherland on Trumpet FHHS Combo Band


Monkeys Like Bananas


Students enjoying the music


The Host – Eric Sable


Vail Hu


Vail Hu

monkeys like bananas

Monkeys Like Bananas

Posted on April 30, 2016 at 10:43 am by

Categories: Around Here, Arts, Education, Entertainment, Schools


  1. Great event! Very successful! BTW, though, it was the LEOS Club who seed-funded this project with $300. LEOs Club is sponsored by the San Juan Island Lions Club.
    -BJ Brandli, LEOs Adviser and Lions Club member

    Comment by BJ Brandli on May 1, 2016 at 11:16 am
  2. Thanks for the clarification BJ. The story has been updated accordingly.

    Comment by Tim Dustrude on May 1, 2016 at 11:36 am

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