Pupils' rock band is big hit with the music press

A ROCK band made up of Edinburgh pupils has made its debut in long-running music bible NME.

The Edinburgh Schools Rock Ensemble (ESRE) is made up of a group of young musicians brought together from schools across the Capital.

The band featured in NME as part of a story to honour Paul Weller winning a lifetime achievement award and also appear on the magazine's website performing their track From the Floor Boards Up at the Picture House in Edinburgh last year.

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Growing in popularity, the band have just recorded their sixth album and are due to launch a summer tour in northern England and the Scottish Highlands and islands.

Band member Sean Gibb, 16, from Broughton High School, said going on tour last year was ESRE's "real achievement". He added: "I had come to realise the power that music has to bring people together.

"While we had made some good performances, our real achievement was the positive effect we had managed to leave on the thousands of people we met during the course of those weeks.

"They had left a similarly positive effect on us, who were now even more eager to meet new people and share the joys of playing music together."

Michael McGeary, principal officer of instrumental music at the city council, said: "ESRE achieve tremendous standards every year despite a large turnover of members due to school-leavers.

"This is no doubt down to the hard work of the young musicians and their teachers."