By Emma Sharplin – firstname.lastname@example.org
The future of music is bright at Waiuku College, as two bands have made it through to the Regionals at the Smokefree Rockquest.
Held on Saturday 13 May, the college had six bands entered in the Manukau heats.
Music Teacher, Ben Ruegg, says this was the largest contingent that had been entered from the college, and that all of the bands received great feedback.
"It was a great representation of Waiuku College, and the camaraderie was awesome. They were all there for each other, rather than individually. We are very proud of them and the effort that they have all put in," says Mr Ruegg.
The bands, RedRocks, Pluvia, Shameless Ambitions, Four Words, Ethereal and Sayon, all of mixed genres, competed against 47 other bands in the Manukau Heats, with all girl band, Ethereal and Sayon, making it through to the next round in June.
"The whole experience was awesome. We left the stage just buzzing," Sigourney Drewery of Ethereal.
Sayon, which is named after a remote control, described themselves as happy hard rock, while Ethereal base themselves around classical and calm alternative genre.
When asked what gave them the edge of making it through to the next round, both bands agreed that having a music teacher that encouraged and pushed them made a huge difference.
"Mr Ruegg pushed us to work really hard, and helped turn our nerves into excitement. He made us want to perform and have fun doing so," said drummer, Ash Rees.
As a past entrant and competitor of the competition himself, teacher Ben Ruegg just wanted the students to enjoy themselves.
"They have great talent, and the competition is a great experience to be a part of. The all gave it 100 percent, and that's all you can really ask for."
Both bands are now focused on coming up with a new original song, while fine tuning their last performance for the Regionals.
CAPTION: Back row: Teacher, Ben Ruegg, and band Sayon – Jamie Walker, guitarist, Ash Rees, drums, Dani Kriek, vocals and guitar, Gaby Gandionco, bassist and back up vocals. Front row: Ethereal, Sophie Hamer, chello, Janetta Hamilton, pianist and Sigourney Drewery, vocals and guitar.