Manawatū bands earn podiums in nationwide rock band competition

Whanganui's band Reckless, from Rutherford Junior High, wins the top prize at Rockshop Bandquest 2022.

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Whanganui’s band Reckless, from Rutherford Junior High, wins the top prize at Rockshop Bandquest 2022.

Young musicians took to the stage on Wednesday to show off their talent at the Globe as part of the 12th annual Rockshop Bandquest competition.

The national competition for middle and primary school students functions as a platform for the next generation of musicians to take to the stage.

While Bandquest is there for younger students, its high school equivalent, Smokefreerockquest, has paved the way for key bands in New Zealand’s musical catalog, including The Checks, Kids of 88, Die!Die!Die! and alien weaponry.

First place, earning a $400 Rockshop credit for his school and making it to the online national final, went to Reckless from Rutherford Junior High School in Whanganui.

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Ten-piece band 5024bpm from Rangikura School have won the 2021 Rockshop Bandquest after submitting a video of their live performance for the socially distanced contest (file photo).

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Ten-piece band 5024bpm from Rangikura School have won the 2021 Rockshop Bandquest after submitting a video of their live performance for the socially distanced contest (file photo).

Founder and director Glenn Common said the benefits of young people participating in the program extend far beyond the day of the show.

“Rockshop Bandquest is a fun and creative space where participants learn through experience.

“Groups have to figure out how to work together, each literally playing their part to achieve a common goal; develop their teamwork, communication and leadership skills alongside their musical and performance skills.

More than 200 bands across the country participated in Rockshop Bandquest, performing at events from August 22 through September 3.

These included four events in Auckland, three in Christchurch and one event each in Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Palmerston North, Nelson and Dunedin.

There was also an online event for student groups based outside of the location of a physical event. Following the regional events, the online results were announced on September 2.

Final results:

  • 1st place: Reckless, Rutherford Junior High School (Whanganui); 2nd place: The Smurfs, Te Kura Waenga O Tirohanga/ Monrad Intermediate (Palmerston North); 3rd place: The Moonwalkers, Kapakapanui School (Waikanae); Best Original Song: The Moonwalkers, Kapakapanui School (Waikanae); Killer Guitarist Award: Smurfs lead guitarist, Te Kura Waenga O Tirohanga/ Monrad Intermediate (Palmerston North); Rockstar Styles Award: Epic Blue Burgers, Ōtaki College; Best Keyboardist Award: Ladybugs, Sacred Heart Girls’ College (New Plymouth); Rocking Drummer Award: Reckless, Rutherford Junior High School (Whanganui); Rock Solid Bassist: Fink Ployd, Sacred Heart Girls’ College (Hamilton); Musicianship Award: singer/guitarist of Epic Blue Burgers, Ōtaki College; Best Singer (joint award): The Smurfs, Te Kura Waenga O Tirohanga/Monrad Intermediate (Palmerston North); Best Singer (Joint Award): Reckless, Rutherford Junior High School (Whanganui).

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