That four young lads from St. James have been playing in a rock band and rehearsing every week since 2008 is nothing out of the ordinary.
But when you find out that were in Grade 5 when they started it becomes a little less ordinary.
The Minority, featuring Kasey Kurtz (guitar/vocals), Matt Granger (bass/vocals), Alex Schuff (guitar), and Chris Doerksen (drums), have been playing shows around town for the past few years while also attending Sturgeon Heights Collegiate.
The best friends, who are currently in Grade 10, say it was hearing Green Day’s American Idiot album that inspired them to form a group.
"These guys were like ‘Let’s start a band,’ and I’m, like, OK," says Doerksen, 16.
"We’re friends and we wanted to have a band to have fun," says Kurtz, 15, whose parents allow the band to practise in their basement.
Admittedly, it took a while for the band to find its sound but Kurtz remembers when they did.
"When we really thought that this was going to work out well is when we were in Grade 7 in a talent show and won first prize."
From there, The Minority has been playing shows whenever and wherever it can, although it’s been difficult to find gigs because, well, they’re minors.
"Right now we’re not old enough to get into bars and that’s why we had problems getting started," says Schuff, 15.
But that hasn’t stopped the band from playing regular gigs at Joe Black Coffee Bar and San Vito Coffee House on Portage Avenue.
Playing a set that mixes original songs and covers tunes from the ’50s to present day, performed both electrically and acoustically, they try to keep their shows fun for the audiences, and themselves.
"We’ll say something on stage and people will think we’re losers but then we’re in a band so we’re kind of cool," laughs Granger, 16.
Kurtz says the band would like to go on tour and record a full-length album this summer.
"Even if the album doesn’t sell it would be neat to do it."
The Minority’s next show is on Friday, Jan. 25 at Joe Black Coffee Bar, 2037 Portage Ave. They play the Woodhaven Winter Carnival on Feb. 16.
For more information and to book the band visit www.facebook.com/TheMinority13.
Trevor Suffield is a community correspondent for St. James-Assiniboia. You can contact him at email@example.com.