The Italics is a group of two bands built from Southern Institute of Technology third-year music students who are completing their Bachelor Degree in Contemporary Music.
Here they are: vocals Deb Wattes and Tim Balme, keyboard Joanna Buchanan, guitar Zack O’Dea, Niko Heydenrych, Tyler Reynolds and Stephen Dan Kilgour, bass guitar Connor Ormsby, and drums Joseph O’Donnell and Anderson Horler.
Every year the SIT third-year music students go on tour around Southland. With the support of their tutor, Peter Skerrett, they take on the responsibility for developing all aspects of a touring covers band. They create the set list, contact venues, arrange accommodation, develop a budget, arrange transportation, organise the music equipment and instrument list and build an itinerary to send to all venues.
This year we are touring in Queenstown and performing for four colleges and two evening events, one at Sky City Queenstown and the other at the Vinyl Bar in Invercargill. Entry is free in the public venues: check the links above for all the details.