School bands rock their socks off

Last updated 14:13 14/06/2014

ROCK ON: Bethany Williams, centre, from Burnside High School band A-Drift.

ON STAGE: Shadow Virtue-Paul, of Hagley Community College band, Eleven.

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Hundreds of high school bands, soloists and duos across the country have been battling it out in this year's Smokefreerockquest (SFRQ). 

For more than two decades the contest has been giving students from Invercargill to Whangarei a chance to perform live. SFRQ founder and director Pete Rainey said it aired about 1000 original Kiwi songs a year.

"It takes guts to get out of your garage and go on stage to play your own songs," he said.

SFRQ successes over its 24-year history include Kimbra, Evermore, Kids of 88, OpShop, the Datsuns, and Anika Moa.

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