Youngsters back band for success

Bury Times: Umar Arshad, managing director of Tangent, Dave Wild, bass guitar, and Mitchell Cocker Umar Arshad, managing director of Tangent, Dave Wild, bass guitar, and Mitchell Cocker

MONETARY rather than musical backing is helping a fledgling Bury rock band take their first steps towards stardom.

For a 16-strong group of young business boffins at Bury Grammar School (Boys) are acting as managers for five-piece band, Joy Machine, as part of their Young Enterprise stint.

And thanks to the financial acumen of the mini-company, entitled Tangent, the teenagers have helped fund the band’s recording debut with possible further recordings beckoning.

Under the Young Enterprise banner, the boys had to sell shares, elect a board, form a mini-company and decide what services or products to offer.

Later this month, they will join other squads from local schools and colleges who will highlight the work of their own mini-companies at the Bury Young Enterprise finals.

Tangent, however, took the shrewd decision not to embark on manufacturing of products but to act as managers for Joy Machine whose members are pupils at the school.

The group comprises Robbie Hernandez (vocals), Tom McKenna (lead guitar), Mike Page (rhythm guitar), Dave Wild (bass guitar) and Aron Kirsh (drums).

Mitchell Cocker, who is deputy managing director of Tangent, said: “At the start of our Young Enterprise venture, we put on a school talent show, known as BGS’ Got Talent, in order to raise funds for our intended product.

“Joy Machine won with 42 per cent of the 400-strong audience vote in the final and also got the vote of the judging panel. After the success of a total of three sell out shows, we decided to become their managers.”

Revenue generated by the band’s gigs have funded the recording of their debut single, Back Home.

Joy Machine has performed at engagements throughout the North West and has sold its CD at these gigs.

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