Students prepare to battle it out on stage Territory students have started their preparations for the 7th annual Battle of the School Bands competition. Minister for Education Peter Chandler today launched the competition designed to support the engagement in creative arts education of middle years and senior secondary students in schools across the Territory. “Battle of the School Bands is open to all Northern Territory middle and senior secondary students with prizes awarded to the best band, the best duo or soloist, and the best original song. “And to top it off, the winners from each category will get to perform at the 2016 People’s Choice BASSINTHEGRASS Music Festival on Saturday 21 May 2016.” In its seventh year, Battle of the School Bands will include more students than ever before with two new heats being added to the competition. “I am thrilled to be launching such a great program for students to showcase their musical talents and gain exposure in the music industry. “It is great see to the competition open to students living in remote and very remote locations across the Territory, who can enter by sending in a DVD of their performance.” The Territory-wide competition includes preliminary heats at Katherine High School, Tennant Creek High School, Centralian Senior College, Groote Eylandt, Rosebery Middle School and Darwin High School. The finalists will then battle it out on stage at Brown’s Mart Theatre on Friday 15 April 2016 as part of the Northern Territory’s National Youth Week celebrations. “Students will be judged on their musicianship, stagecraft and originality with the finalists performing two original songs in front of a panel of local music industry professionals. “I look forward to seeing the talent the 2016 entrants will bring to the competition and to know that one day, we might be seeing these young Territorians in the Australian music scene. “I encourage any students who are thinking about entering, to throw their hat in the ring and give it a go.” Students can enter online at the NT Music School website or the BASSINTHEGRASS website. Entries close 5pm, Friday 4 March 2016.