Young­sters rock into na­tional fi­nal

Waikato News - - MUSIC -

They may be young but they know how to rock – this year’s Waikato con­tes­tants took the stage over two nights in Hamil­ton in this year’s re­gional Rock­shop Bandquest, the na­tion­wide mu­sic con­test for in­ter­me­di­ate and pri­mary stu­dents.

Bandquest is in its eighth year as a ta­lent feeder for Smoke­free­rock­quest, and in the Waikato re­gion at­tracted 24 keen bands who com­peted at the Clarence St Theatre.

Event or­gan­iser Matt Ea­land says the per­for­mances from this age group mix so­phis­ti­ca­tion with a lack of self­con­scious­ness, en­hanced by the sup­port­ive frame­work of Bandquest.

“They’ve been watch­ing TV and YouTube, they’re aware of what es­tab­lished mu­si­cians are do­ing and they want to em­u­late them,” he said.

“Rock­shop Bandquest is a con­fi­dence builder that lifts their game mu­si­cally, and they tend to take that with them to high school, with proven ben­e­fits so­cially and aca­dem­i­cally.”

Rock­shop Bandquest is for bands of three to 10 mem­bers, from in­ter­me­di­ate or pri­mary schools, who play a short set of cov­ers or orig­i­nal songs, with a fo­cus on per­for­mance skills.

■ Re­sults from Au­gust 27:

First, win­ning $400 credit with The Rock­shop, Ex­tra Crispy, Berkley Nor­mal Mid­dle School, Sec­ond, $200 credit, Last Re­sort, Mor­rinsville In­ter­me­di­ate. Third, $100 credit, Bone­less Skele­ton, Mar­ian Catholic School. Best vo­cal­ists: In­staJAM, Glen Massey (three vo­cal­ists). Mu­si­cian­ship, Char­lie, lead guitarist, Bone­less Skele­ton. Rock­star Styles, Be­fore I For­get, Mor­rinsville In­ter­me­di­ate.‘ Killer’ guitarist, Bro­den Miller, In­staJAM. Rock­solid bassist, Hunter Adams, Switch, Berkley Nor­mal Mid­dle School. Rock­ing drum­mer, Mercedes Mouranga, Ex­tra Crispy. Best key­boardist, Hyun Jun Yoo, Switch.

■ Re­sults from Au­gust 28:

First, Black Bad­ger, South­well School. Sec­ond, H-Town 8ighty, Melville In­ter­me­di­ate. Third, Deck Chair, Te Awa­mutu In­ter­me­di­ate. Best orig­i­nal song, Un­der the Bridge, Hamil­ton West School. Best Vo­cal­ists, H-Town 8ighty. Mu­si­cian­ship, Ravi Jata­nia (trum­pet) FairPlay, Fair­field In­ter­me­di­ate School. Rock­star Styles, L.A.W, High­lands In­ter­me­di­ate. ‘Killer’ guitarist Matthew Chan­wai, Black Bad­ger, South­well School. Rock-solid bassist, Asher Down­ing, Twen­ty­four 7, Fair­field In­ter­me­di­ate School. Rock­ing drum­mer, Matthew Clous­ton, House of Ju­dah, Hamil­ton Chris­tian School. Best key­boardist, Brooke Bain­bridge, 5 Melodies, Te Pahu School.

Rock­shop spokesman Hamish Jack­son says for many of the kids Rock­shop Bandquest is the big­gest mu­si­cal mo­ment of their lives.

“It’s great for us to be part of that, “he says.

There is an on­line na­tional fi­nal with re­sults an­nounced on Septem­ber 20.

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Ex­tra Crispy, from Hamil­ton’s Berkley Nor­mal Mid­dle School rocked into the na­tional fi­nal.

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Black Bad­ger from South­well School in Hamil­ton made it to the Rock­shop Bandquest na­tional fi­nal. Band mem­ber Matthew Chan­wai (third from left) also won the ‘Killer’ guitarist award.

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