John McGlashan College head of music Bruce James (left) and
music teacher Brad Martin with pupils (from left) Nick
Henderson (16), Mitchell Clark (obscured, 15), Sam Mackay
(15), Hamish Finnie (18), Elliot Adamson (17), Greg Thomson
(16), Taylor Sizemore (16), Addy Beck (16), Thomas-Anthony
Offen (15), Aiden Kelsall (15), Oscar Johns (16), Cam
Miller (16), Ryan MacArthur (15), Daniel Anstey (16) and
Sam Bennett (16). Photo by Peter McIntosh
An album called Master of Puppets
has made a
Dunedin teacher a popular master of pupils.
John McGlashan College head of music Bruce James took a group
of 15 pupils to the first Christchurch concert by United
States heavy metal band Metallica last night.
And it was all in the name of education.
"We studied a video about the Metallica song One, from
the Master of Puppets album, as part of the NCEA
[national certificate of educational achievement] level one
music course," Mr James said, as the group prepared to leave
"In the video, drummer Lars Ulrich describes how they made
the piece and the boys' interest just grew and grew. It gives
them an idea of the history of the style, too. Metallica are
part of the history of heavy metal."
The music course coincided with the heavy metal giants
announcing two concerts in Auckland next month. The band
subsequently added two Christchurch concerts after appeals by
South Island fans.
"Auckland was a bit too far to go, but when they decided to
do a gig in Christchurch, that was it. Five hours on the
internet and $3500 later I'd got the tickets," Mr James said.
The pupils raised money for the tickets by playing gigs with
school band Triggered at venues such as the Dunedin
"The boys have been buzzing for two months about it and I'm
pretty keen, too. I'm a bit of an old-school Metallica fan
from way back and I've got a few of their albums. The guys
are really into it. They love them. It's funny that a new
generation of fans are so into them."
For one pupil, Oli Lyons (15), it promised to be the trip of
a lifetime, Mr James said.
"He won a competition with the Metallica Fan Club to meet the
band before the performance, which would be pretty big, I'd
"We're in the downstairs area near the mosh pit, so we'll
have to stay together as a group and keep away from the big
people. But we've been practising our heavy metal devil
Metallica will play its second Christchurch concert at the
CBS Canterbury Arena tonight.