In­ter­me­di­ate band’s style earns award

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Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate’s year eight band Con­tra­dic­tion has style.

The band com­peted at the Waikato re­gional fi­nal of Rock­shop Bandquest at the Clarence Theatre in Hamil­ton, win­ning the Rock­star Styles Award.

Con­tra­dic­tion is made of year eight stu­dents Stephen Turner (bass), Ryan Frear­son (drums), Jay­den Hunter-Martin (gui­tar), Jerom DeWilde (key­board) and Kylie Trow (vo­cals). The band de­cided to wear an­i­mal one­sies, and were glad they did, as it set them apart from other bands.

Rock­shop Bandquest is for bands of two or more mem­bers, from in­ter­me­di­ate or pri­mary schools, who play a short set of cov­ers or orig­i­nal songs.

Over 400 peo­ple at­tended the event, and Jay­den says this was the band’s first public per­for­mance to such a large crowd.

‘‘We were re­ally nervous,’’ he says, ‘‘but glad we won some­thing.’’

The ma­jor­ity of Con­tra­dic­tion band mem­bers will head to Mata­mata Col­lege next year and at this stage they are hop­ing they will con­tinue to per­form to­gether.

‘‘The longer we stay to­gether, the bet­ter chem­istry we will have,’’ says Jay­den.

Now in its sixth year, Rock­shop Bandquest founder and di­rec­tor Glenn Com­mon says he’s notic­ing an in­crease in the level of so­phis­ti­ca­tion and per­for­mance skills of kids at in­ter­me­di­ate age.

Cam­bridge Mid­dle School band Mercy took out the night, win­ning credit with The Rock­shop to the value $400 for their school, with Fairfield In­ter­me­di­ate tak­ing sec­ond place and Berkley In­ter­me­di­ate com­ing in third.

Rock­shop spokesman, Hamish Jack­son, says the prizes make a real dif­fer­ence to a school mu­sic de­part­ment. ‘‘It’s no se­cret that some schools are strug­gling to pro­vide even the ba­sics, let alone ex­tras for sub­jects like mu­sic,’’ he said.

‘‘The prizes we pro­vide go straight to the mu­sic de­part­ment and help to build on the mo­men­tum of hav­ing their stu­dents per­form­ing in Bandquest. We love to see the con­tin­ued in­crease in kids mak­ing mu­sic, be­cause the out­comes are so pos­i­tive for ev­ery­one in­volved, in­clud­ing the school and com­mu­nity.’’

Con­tra­dic­tion band mem­bers Jerom DeWilde, Stephen Turner, Kylie Trow, Jay­den Hunter-Martin and Ryan Frear­son.

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