North Shore Times : November 12th 2010
www.northshoretimes.co.nz Friday, November 12, 2010 Rocking out for Libby By LISA HONEYBONE Rocking on: Playing the drums is a good release for Billy Templeman who is coping with the loss of his sister Libby. Photo: BEN WATSON Libby Templeman MUSIC is a driving force for Billy Templeman, 14, whose sister Libby was murdered in Kerikeri two years ago. The Rangitoto College student has been playing for about six years but lately it's become a real passion. The drummer put together Billy's Treehouse with guitar- ist Dylan Shepherd, 14, bassist Grant Miller, 12, and vocalist Matt Smith, 14, about six months ago. Billy met Dylan through the school band at Northcross Intermediate. They found Grant through Band Factory at Albany Senior High and Matt through a family con- nection with Dylan. They performed together for the first time on October 16 in Kerikeri at Orange Encore, a concert to raise funds for a memorial for Libby. The band opened with a tribute song called Heaven At Your Feet written by musician and friend Mark Hill, and then got into the serious business of rocking. They performed five of their own songs, including a ballad called Someday writ- ten by Billy and his mum Rebecca, along with a few covers. Rebecca says it was a won- derful evening. We wanted people to have fun, to stop reflecting on the negativity surrounding her death and the audience cer- tainly did that,'' Rebecca says. Billy practises his drum- ming every day and says it can be a good emotional release. He is also learning the guitar as well as vocals for the band. Billy is hoping to study at the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand. Rebecca says it's hard for the boys to be taken seriously because they're young but they have huge talent and put a lot of time and work into the band. They're hoping to record their first single Rockband early next year. Billy's Treehouse has been asked to perform at the Sen- sible Sentencing Trust open air concert next year. The Templemans moved to Browns Bay from Kerikeri two years ago, about a week before Libby was killed. Kerikeri teenager Theo Kriel is now serving a prison sentence for her murder. Visit www.facebook.com/ pages/Billys-treehouse/ 148732511835826 for more information on Billy's Treehouse. Survey shows more people turning to the North Shore Times More people are turning to the North Shore Times for their fix of news and views. The latest Nielsen Reader- ship Survey shows a 19 percent increase in average issue readership over the last year. The North Shore Times, which comes out three times a week, is part of the Sub- urban Newspapers group where overall survey results also show readership growth and market domination. Suburban Newspapers reach 65.6 percent of people in Auckland aged 15 and over with a combined aver- age issue readership of 690,000 people. By compari- son the New Zealand Herald has an average issue readership of 423,000 and reaches only 40.2 percent of people in Auckland aged 15 and over. Source: Nielsen Reader- ship Survey Q4.09-Q3.10: Auckland 15+. Go to www. northshore times.co.nz to view a video clip of Billy's Treehouse performing at Orange Encore.
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