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School of Rock

NT Music School's highly anticipated Battle of the School Bands (BOTSB) Final sees senior and middle school students from across the Territory battle it out for the chance to perform at an exciting Territory Day gig.

By Kate Conway

The competition boasts an impressive alumni, including singer/songwriter Prayer Corby who performed at last month’s BASSINTHEGRASS, and last year’s band category winners, Mulga Bore School Hard Rock Band, who famously opened for iconic rockers KISS on the last leg of their 2022 Australian tour.

NT Music School’s Simon Pedder says the valuable learning experience of writing songs and preparing for the performance is one of the most important aspects of the enduring event, and entering the competition can result in very real exposure for aspiring artists.

“There’s a culture happening in the Territory with BOTSB that’s been developed over the years, [it’s] what the kids hang their performance goals on, because they know that when they enter, there’s really good opportunities out there for them,” he says.

“After BOTSB is run, NT Major Events Company usually come in and ask me, ‘who’s out there, what have you got?’ And kids that have been in BOTSB can end up getting gigs elsewhere in a professional domain.”

Head along to the final at the Rails and check out the latest crop of kid rockers before they become the next big thing.

Battle of the School Bands Final
COST $10 | $5 (U18)

Photos: 2021 Band Winners, ScrubFowl. Photo: David Bradley

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