Skabba the Hutt
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Skabba the Hutt

Langley, Washington, United States | INDIE

Langley, Washington, United States | INDIE
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The best kept secret in music


"And The Winner Is"

Once again Mt. Hope High School hosted a successful concert and contest giving a new band bragging rights until next year. This year's winners of Battle of the Bands, Skabba the Hutt, dethroned experienced veterans Blew Milk soap and Maximillianis Work Crew (who won third and second respectively).

There was no denying that Skabba the Hutt was the most energetic, creative, enthusiastic and original band that took the stage Thursday, March 17, 2005.

Third place winners Blew Milk Soap put on quite a show incorporating cowbells and free tee-shirts into their act as well as bringing original Blew Milk Soap member John Krushnowski aslo known as Chuck Norris, on stage for a final number. Second place winner Maximillian's Work Crew played all the crowd's favorite songs and the outspoken and versatile Kyle Andree effortlessly worked the crowd and kept them on hteri freet until the conclusion of their act.

But what the judges, as well as the crowd, were looing for on March 17 was the most creative, striking routine. they found it when Skabba the Hutt took the stage. Theri hip rendition of a few Mighty Mighty bostone hits that utilized trumpets, saxophones and trombones stole the show. The members of the band were energetic, humble and above all, talented. Not to go without mentioning, skabba was also the only band with any female member (Christyn Brown and Theresa Stone). Skabba the Hutt, including a little something for every-one-rock, jazz, swing-won over the teachers, students, parents, (and feminists) of teh audience.

So, if you are planning to go out for the Battle of Bands nex year keep in mind what is important. Have fun, be creative and connect to your audience. - Husky Herald by Susanna Jackson


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Skabba the Hutt was formed in early March 2005 when Gerry Nutini (senior at Mt. Hope High School in Bristol, RI) recruited fellow band geeks, Christyn Brown, Joshua Daponte, John Staton and Theresa Stone to provide the horns for his ideal vision of a ska band to compete in Mt. Hopes annual Battle of the Bands. Still in need of a rhythm section, Nutini compelled Chris Rotondo and good friend Ducky for bass and drums. Kyle Andrade agreed to play lead guitar. Gerry himself would contribute to the horn section as well as sing lead vocals alongside Kyle.

With only two rehearsals, Skabba the Hutt went on to win first place! Shortly after, Kyle Andrade left Skabba to continue with his personal project. The band remained in a stalemate until word of a rival schools competition. Nutini invited his brother, Mike to replace Andrade and Skabba recharged with vigor just days before competing in Fatima High Schools Battle of the Bands. Against impossible odds, Skabba the Hutt went on to sweep their opponents and take first place once more.

This unlikely success inspired Skabba to proceed with the exploration of their unique sound. In the flavors of Brian Setzer and Elvis Presley, this eight-piece ska band has only begun to deliver a sucker punch of danceable rhythms by welding the diverse worlds of high school marching band and rock-n-roll.