STUDENT rock bands from schools across Brisbane and beyond gathered at Clairvaux MacKillop College, Upper Mt Gravatt, for the 2018 Battle of the ROCK Bands.
Now in its second year, the music extravaganza attracted 10 bands who performed 40 rock songs with more than 100 talented student musicians on stage throughout the night
A crowd of about 800 teenagers and parents moshed and cheered the young performers on as they played and sang their hearts out, giving their best.
Battle of the ROCK Bands was an opportunity to witness the level of musical performances of many students and to have schools come together and enjoy each other's company and love of music.
A tech crew of around 25 students, who had been preparing for the event for several weeks, kept the lights, sound, cameras, smoke and confetti going and added to the rock and roll spectacle.
Year 12 student, Michael Baldi said the amazing evening gave students an opportunity to play rock music in a “real life" concert atmosphere.
“It was the best night and I had a brilliant time," Michael said.
Event organiser and head technician John Daly said although the musical extravaganza was only in its second year they had received some extremely positive feedback.
“We are very proud of this event and it is fantastic to see so many students and schools getting involved," he said.
“Thanks again to the many musicians and their tutors who rehearsed for months, and their parents who have encouraged them."
Judges awarded the following schools and their respective bands a Silver Level of Achievement: MacGregor State High School (Boys at the Back), St Augustine's College, Augustine Heights (Fuse 2.0), Villanova College, Coorparoo (The Jammy Dodgers), St Peter Claver College, Riverview (Inflatable Caravan), Clairvaux Mackillop College (No Particular Order) and Carmel College, Thornlands (The Fallen Sparrows).
The Gold Level of Achievement was awarded to John Paul College, Daisy Hill (Exit 24), Chisholm Catholic College, Cornubia (all the Way to Eleven), Emmaus College, Jimboomba (Morgiana), and the Franciscan Combined Colleges Rock Band.
Individual awards and prizes were also presented to students who were the Most Outstanding Performers within their chosen instrumental fields.
John thanked the many sponsors who made the night a success through their equipment or prize donations.
“A big thank you to the tireless efforts of the college's audio and visual technician, Tim Hondroudakis, in not only tutoring the college's rock band No Particular Order, but in overseeing all aspects of the technical production," he said.
The Fallen Sparrows from Carmel College entertained the audience
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