Taieri College musicians appear to have taken the lion's
share of places in the Otago Regional Final of the
Smokefreerockquest this year.
About a third of the 12 actsto take the stage at Sammy's on
Saturday are from Taieri College. Their aim is to reach the
national finals later this year.
Haze Harrington is one of two acts selected to compete in the
new solo/duo category, and The 3rd Degree and The Elements
have been selected among 10 bands to compete in the regional
The Flat Passengers, made up of pupils from Taieri College
and Logan Park High School, were also selected as one of the
They were among 40 Taieri College pupils who took part in the
regional heats last month.
Taieri College head of music Chrissy Cochrane was delighted
with the level of success from her pupils.
''We've got some highly committed and enthusiastic students,
and they are prepared to do the extra work needed to reach
this level of success.
''It's also important to note that The Elements are all 12
years old, and The 3rd Degree is made up of one 12-year-old
and the rest are 13.
''They're very young. That shows there is a tremendous future
ahead for music at the school.''
Other regional finalists are Kaikorai Valley College soloist
Isabelle Mullan, and bands Line Drawing (Kavanagh College,
Logan Park High School), Six Years (John McGlashan College,
Kavanagh College, King's High School), Chandeliers (Otago
Boys' High School), Like a Kid (St Hilda's Collegiate),
Resurrection (South Otago High School), Jimmy and the Stale
Fingers (Logan Park High School), The Darbies (King's High
Smokefreerockquest founder and director Glenn Common said
when all regional finals throughout New Zealand were
completed, the top regional bands and solo/duos would be
judged on videos sent in for selection as national finalists
at Q Theatre, in Auckland, on September 27.
The Taieri College musicians are in the hunt for prize
packages that include musical gear worth $13,000, inclusion
on the NZ On Air Kiwi Hit Disc, radio promotional support,
and video play on youth music channel FOUR.