With a third of the acts in this year's Otago regional
final of the Smokefreerockquest coming from Taieri College, it
is no surprise pupils picked up an award or two.
Singer Haze Harrington (17) was runner-up in the solo/duo
category, and band the 3rd Degree won the Apra Lyric Award
for its song Momma Tears during the regional final at
Sammy's, in Dunedin.
Haze said it was a memorable performance and he enjoyed
displaying his musicianship on stage.
More than 300 people filled Sammy's to watch the best 12
bands and soloists from the region compete.
Haze won musical gear and now has the opportunity to gain
selection for the national final at Auckland's Q Theatre in
Band category winners the Chandeliers (Otago Boys' High
School), runners-up the Darbies (King's High School), and
solo/duo category winner Isabelle Mullan (Kaikorai Valley
College) are also in the running to be selected for the
Two bands and two solo/duo acts from each of the 24 regional
finals will send in video footage for selection for six bands
and three solo/duos to play off in the national final.
Smokefreerockquest founder Glenn Common said the Otago
finalists would have to work hard to make the most of the
''It's a process that demands creativity and musical ability,
as well as learning to work together as a group and
developing the organisational skills they'll need if they're
going to make it on the Kiwi music scene,'' Mr Common said.
Other Taieri College bands the Elements and the Flat
Passengers (made up of pupils from Taieri College and Logan
Park High School) did not feature in the awards, but they
vowed to return next year.