It’s been a massive week for our 8000+ athletes at the NZCT AIMS Games but this little bit of news last night totally topped things off.
Mount Maunganui College band Joe’s Van, who have been part of the AIMS Games for the past seven years as either athletes or performers, went out and smashed the Smokefreerockquest last night, winning the national final. The trio comprises Cormac Seymour on lead guitar, Jake Nicholas on bass and vocals and Rory Priest on drums.
The week that started with Joe’s Van kicking off the AIMS Games opening ceremony ended with them capturing more than $20,000 in prizes from the likes of Rockship, NZ on Air, Unleashed travel, The Edge and more.
“To hear these boys had won, after the incredible tournament week we’ve just had, was just sensational,” AIMS Games tournament director Vicki Semple said. “We’ve had these boys with us for half the life of the tournament and they’re just the most polite, coolest guys you’ll ever meet. No-one who heard them rock out our opening ceremony will be surprised by this but we’re all totally stoked for them, regardless.”
Smokefreerockquest is New Zealand’s only nationwide, live, original music, youth event. Now in its 27th year, the series of over 40 events reaches audience numbers in excess of 10,000 every year.
Founded in 1989 by music teachers Glenn Common and Pete Rainey, Smokefreerockquest has now become a New Zealand institution.
It aims to motivate young musicians to prove their ability and realise the heights they can reach in their music careers, and to encourage their peers to support original New Zealand music.
You can watch the entire show here
1st band: Joe’s Van, Mt Maunganui College, Tauranga -$20k+ in prizes from Rockship, NZ on Air, Unleashed travel, The Edge and more.
2nd band: Alien Weaponry, Bream Bay College and Otamatea High School, Northland, $5k from Rockshop
3rd band, winning $3000 in Rockshop vouchers, El Jay Hall, Cambridge High School.
1st solo: Ben Mollison, Bethlehem College, Tauranga – $3k from Rockshop + all the other prizes as won by 1st placed band
2nd solo: Joseph Balfe, Waitaki Boys’ High School, Oamaru, $1k from Rockshop
3rd solo: Solomon the Crook from St Peter’s School, Cambridge
People’s Choice winner, voted by text to play at the finals: El Jay Hall, Cambridge High School.
Lowdown Best Song Award, winning a professional recording: El Jay Hall, Cambridge High School.
The $4,800 MAINZ Scholarship for Outstanding Musicianship: Calum Slee, Buller High School, Westport
APRA Lyric Award, $500: Ben Mollison, Bethlehem College, Tauranga
Smokefree Women’s Musicianship Award of $1000 cash: Ruby Fraser, Craighead Diocesan School, Timaru
Unleashed Travel ambassador award, a seven day trip to Fiji: Joe’s Van, Mt Maunganui College