Student band ‘Nothing But Treble’ has been crowned the winners of the fifth annual Doha College Battle of the Bands competition.

Nothing But Treble beat six other groups to earn themselves a place in the national Battle of the Doha College BassBands line-up in February next year.

The six students, which includes Doha College’s Head Boy Thushan Puhalendran and senior prefects, won with their rendition of Civil War by Guns ‘N Roses.

Doha College initiated the Battle of the Bands competition four years ago to raise the profile of music and allow students from Years 8–13 to develop their own bands, play great music and perform to an audience.

Competition founder and Doha College Music Teacher Mr Alberto Sorrentino said the competition continues to expand with new schools joining across the MENA region. He said:

This was a fantastic year especially as we had bands from each year group; every grade from Year 7 to Year 13.’

‘Congratulations to all our winners—I am always impressed with the quality of the student performances; there is incredible talent in this school. I would like to make a special mention of the Year 7 band Titanium who wrote and performed an original song, and our only female drummer in the competition Eman Al-Sulaiti from Bear Party.’

Lead singer of the winning band—and Senior Prefect—Hiba Argane said the group of Year 13 students was looking forward to competing against the other schools in the competition.

She said:

We are so excited; we now have a chance to prove ourselves at the International competition.’

The band of Hiba Argane (vocals), Robert Taylor (bass), Thusan Phualendran (guitar), Achintya Suden (guitar), Harun Bhat (piano) and Jack Dillon (drums) have been performing together for five years.

Second place was awarded to The Coolbeanz for No Way Back by the Foo Fighters and third place to Maths Class for their cover of Knives and Pens by Black Veil Brides.