Video: D.N.A take home Bandquest title

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Nelson Intermediate band D.N.A took out the Nelson regional final of Rockshop Bandquest at the Theatre Royal on Saturday night, winning credit with Rockshop to the value $400 for their school.

D.N.A keyboardist Will Roddick at the Nelson 2016 Bandquest. Photo: Brittany Spencer.
D.N.A keyboardist Will Roddick at the Nelson 2016 Bandquest. Photo: Brittany Spencer.

They also won the Best Original Song Award worth $100 cash and Best Original Lyric Award worth $50 cash for their school; and keys player Will Roddick was named Best Keyboardist.

Two Stix from Broadgreen Intermediate took second place, winning $200 credit with The Rockshop for their school; with bass player Tayne Hemepo winning the Rock-Solid Bassist Award and the Rockstar Styles Award; while the Female Vocalist Award went to lead singer Brooklyn Logan.

Other awards made at the Nelson regional final were:

  • 3rd Place, winning credit with The Rockshop to the value $100 for their school: Charged, Nelson College Prep, with their lead singer Monty Dawson taking the Male Vocalist Award
  • Musicianship Award: keyboardist from 15 Minutes a Week, Nelson College Prep
  • Killer Guitarist Award: Elizabeth Neale, Global, Nelson College for Girls Prep
  • Rocking Drummer Award: Molly Wilson, Dynamite, Riwaka School

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.

There are 12 live regional finals in Rockshop Bandquest this year, with mentoring sessions from successful Smokefreerockquest bands in the afternoon of the regional events.

There is an online competition for bands in outlying areas and an online national final announcement later in September, via bandquest.co.nz.