Music Competitions


Smokefree Rockquest – Regional Band Competition

Ten Rangitoto bands took part in the heats with Year 10 band Snails Aren’t Bugs and Year 12 band The Birds qualifying to compete in the finals. The Birds took first place in the Regional Final and will now submit a video of three original songs to be considered for eligibility in the National Final.


Smokefree Rockquest – Regional Solo/Duo Competition 

Seven acts from Rangitoto College entered the solo/duo category of Smokefree Rockquest with Joules & Jedi gaining third place, Olive Mortimer receiving the APRA Lyric Writers Award, and Amanda Li the Musicianship Award.


Big Sing Choral Festival

Four Rangitoto College choirs took part in the Auckland Regional Big Sing in June. Keep an eye on our Facebook for results and photos.



Music Events


Rock & Rocky Road

On Thursday 25 May our third annual Rock & Rocky Road event was held—and what a night it was! A full house of supporters was treated to delicious slabs of Rocky Road slice made by our amazing Food Technology staff and students, whilst enjoying original music and covers from 11rock bands, four duos, and three solo acts, all amidst a spectacle of lighting and stage smoke. Our rock musicians did themselves proud on stage and off, with some incredible songwriting abilities showcased.


Jazz Happy Hour

Due to the number of ensembles in our Jazz Programme, we made the decision to split our Jazz Club event into two parts—and Jazz Happy Hour was born! Held on Friday 26 May at 4 pm, Rangitoto staff, residents from Knightsbridge Village, and parents of performers were entertained by Newport, Leverkusen, Manawatu, Java, and Copenhagen combos, with Year 9 Big Band rounding off the hour of jazz.  The Auditorium was transformed into a cosy club space with small tables, lots of lamps and moody lighting to set the scene, and the audience loved it so much that many of them came along two days later to our Sunday Jazz Club. It’s safe to say that Jazz Happy Hour is on the calendar to stay.


Jazz Club

Now considered an “older sibling” since the arrival of Jazz Happy Hour, we really stepped things up for Jazz Club on Sunday 28 May. More lamps, elevated staging, more lighting, stage smoke, and all the microphones we could find —Jazz Club undoubtedly lived up to its long-standing reputation, with yet another full house of joyful supporters and a whole new lineup of ensembles. The jazz staff, along with student pianist Yule Chon, provided the arrivals entertainment, followed by outstanding sets from North Sea, Montreux and Stockholm combos, then Junior Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra and Big Band. 


Concertos & Cookies

On Sunday 25 June, our five co-curricular orchestral and concert band ensembles presented their annual Concerto and Cookies showcase. Check out our Facebook to see photos of this event.


A small selection of photos is included in this publication.

To see more photos from events and competitions, please visit the photo albums on our fabulous Facebook page, Performing Arts at Rangitoto College.

To see videos from many of our events, please visit our YouTube Channel Rangitoto College Music.