A WHISTLE, bottle tops and ukulele may sound a little varied for a band, but Honley pupils are hoping it will make them winners.
Musical students at Honley High School will turn a festival into a spaghetti western after reaching the finals of the National Festival of Music for Youth.
Named ‘The Good, The Bad And The Honley’, they will compete in finals at Birmingham Conservatoire on Wednesday.
Leigh Baker, head of creative arts and music, said: “Usually music groups get through to the finals, so it’s great for us as a school to be there.
“I wanted to do something different so came up with The Good The Bad and The Honley.
“It’s based on a spaghetti western-type performance and includes Ennio Morricone’s music, who wrote some of Clint Eastwood film’s soundtracks.
“They are in costume, they all get into character and they play a variety of instruments from the ocarinas – a whistle – to the trumpet, accordion and ukulele.
“There’s a section in the middle where they all put their instruments down and blow into bottles.
“The judge said he was sure no-one else would be doing anything like that in Birmingham.”
They band won the heats at Colne Valley High School in March to get through to the Birmingham final.
Mr Baker added: “They came on stage all moody and in character, it was about music and drama.”
They have performed their set a few times for primary school pupils from Honley’s feeder schools.