Avondale is now home to one of the best young bands in the country.
Avondale Intermediate's school band The Elements took out the 2013 Rockshop Bandquest competition.
After winning $400 for their school at the regional competition, they managed to take the top spot, along with $3000 in cash, at the national event.
The 10-person band has been performing together for just under a year.
Vocalist Kevin Gattu, 13, enjoyed playing a medley of pop and R'n'B songs for the competition.
"We have a number of singers which allows us to do melodies and harmonies. We are called The Elements because we show what happens when different music elements come together." Rockshop Bandquest encourages young musicians from across the country to enter their school band to play for a live audience.
As well as prize money on offer, The Elements will also get to record their winning songs.
Their teacher, Grace Ikenasio, says the aim of entering the competition was to give the pupils performance experience.
"It was also great they got to see other students share their passion for music.
"I'm really stoked for them because they worked really hard and they've learned the value of commitment."
The prize money will go to repairing the school's drum kit and other broken instruments, she says.
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