From Chisnallwood Intermediate’s music department today to New York’s Madison Square Garden tomorrow, student band Class Disruption are on their way to the top.
The band recently won the national Rockshop Bandquest competition, the primary and intermediate schools version of Smokefreerockquest.
The prize includes the opportunity to record an original song at Orange Studios, create a music video and a cash prize of $3000 for the school’s music department.
Orange Studios is located in Woolston and is one of the more well known studios in the South Island.
The band is made up of Dylan Jonkers (vocals, songwriting and bass), Sho Woodhouse (drums), Hiromu Crosado (keyboard) and Jacob Carey (guitar).
Hiromu also won the national award for best keyboardist.
During the regional heats, the band performed a cover of Rush’s Tom Sawyer, and an original written by Dylan called Take It Away, a song about having confidence in yourself and not giving up.
The band was then required to submit a six-minute video to be judged alongside all of the other regional winners.
Learning the piano at age four was just the start for 13-year-old Dylan, who can also play bass, guitar, trombone and drums.
He has written 12 songs for the band, which they hope to make into an album later this year.
Auditions were held at the start of the year for new members (Jacob and Hiromu) to join the year 8s Dylan and Sho who needed to replace two members who went on to high school.
Jacob came up for the idea of naming the band Class Disruption which the band says has no reflection of their classroom behaviour.
Music programme co-ordinator Judith Bell said the band has started a Google document to brainstorm ways the $3000 prize money can be spent.
Dylan hopes they will be able to get more cymbals for the drum kit and an instrument called a theremin, an electronic device which can create sound effects.