Teacher band prepares for more events

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JAMMIN’ TO THE BEAT: Ten Days Pending, a band composed of CHS faculty, performs a concert. According to Amy Skeens-Benton, lead singer and Assistant Principal, the band plays at weddings and other events. SOO HAN / SUBMITTED PHOTO

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With five CHS faculty members currently involved, Ten Days Pending is a rock band that plays almost all genres of music.

JAMMIN’ TO THE BEAT: Ten Days Pending, a band composed of CHS faculty, performs a concert. According to Amy Skeens-Benton, lead singer and Assistant Principal, the band plays at weddings and other events. SOO HAN / SUBMITTED PHOTO
JAMMIN’ TO THE BEAT: Ten Days Pending, a band composed of CHS faculty, performs a concert. According to Amy Skeens-Benton, lead singer and Assistant Principal, the band plays at weddings and other events. SOO HAN / SUBMITTED PHOTO

“It began with just (Ten Days Pending) playing before Houndstock for students, and then it got to a point where people asked us to play at their weddings and their events, so it kind of spun off on that,” Amy Skeens-Benton, lead singer  and Assistant Principal, said.

Ten Days Pending not only performs requested genres of music, but its members also write original pieces. Two years ago the band received a grant that allowed the members to record music.

“We meant to put our (music) on iTunes and all of this, but we recorded it but haven’t really released it yet,” she said.

Skeens-Benton said lately work and school have been very busy, so finding time to rehearse has often been a challenge.

“The people involved in the band are also really involved in Carmel High School,” she said. “When we get a break, we don’t have time to go home, so we just go meet and practice for an hour or two and go back to whatever else we’re doing because our jobs are pretty much 24/7.”

This year, Skeens-Benton said she hopes to perform at many events for family and friends and wants to try out new song choices and genres of music.

“We practice everything,” she said. “But we don’t play polka. We do not play polka. But I’m sure if someone requested it, we’d play it too.”

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