Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

General

 What is NT Music School Battle of the School Bands?

NT Music School Battle of the School Bands is a competition for NT middle and senior school bands and soloists/duos.

What can I win?

See the Prizes page for details.

How do I enter?

See the How to enter page for details.

When are the school heats? 

  • Nhulunbuy High School - Tuesday 19 March
  • Centralian Middle School – Friday 22 March
  • Katherine High School - Tuesday 26 March
  • Palmerston College 7-9 Campus – Thursday 11 April
  • Darwin High School – Friday 12 April

Students from urban schools in the Darwin, Palmerston, Arnhem and Central Australia regions must attend a school heat to be eligible to enter NT Music School Battle of the School Bands. Students from  remote schools can enter by submitting a video entry.

What time do I show up at my heat?

You will be notified by email the day, time and place of your heat. On the day of your heat you must report to the judges at least a half hour before the competition begins.

When will I be notified if I make the final?

The heat winners selected to perform in the NT Music School Battle of the School Bands final will be informed by the completion of the last heat – Friday 12 April 2019.

When is the final?

The NT Music School Battle of the School Bands final will be held in Darwin at the final on Friday 3 May 2019. This final is compulsory for performers who wish to be eligible to play at People's Choice BASSINTHEGRASS 2019 Music Festival.

What do I Need To Bring To The Final?

4 copies of the lyrics of both songs.

3 minute video bio outlining your songwriting process and rehearsals. This is required for your introduction and information for the judges and audience. This video must be presented to the technical team before or on arrival at your sound check. This forms part of the requirements for competing in the NT Music School Battle of the School Bands final. Video formats can include wmv, avi, mp4. mov.

Do we need to bring our own instruments?

Yes, however the following equipment will be provided at the heats and the final:

  • Drum kit
  • 2 guitar amps
  • 1 bass amp
  • Microphones

You must bring any additional instruments or requirements with you.

When is People's Choice BASSINTHEGRASS 2019 Music Festival?

Saturday 18 May 2019 at Mindil Beach, Darwin.

Eligibility

Who can enter?

NT Music School Battle of the School Bands is open to bands consisting of three or more middle and senior students (Years 7-12) enrolled in government and non-government schools in the Northern Territory and soloists or duos in middle to senior years (Years 7-12) enrolled in government and non-government schools in the Northern Territory.

My band is made up of members from different schools. Can we still enter?

Yes, as long as all members are current NT middle or senior school students.

Not all the members of my band go to school. Can we still enter?

No, all members must be current NT middle or senior school students.

Is there a maximum number of students that can play in a band?

No.

My band’s music style is jazz/folk/country/funk/heavy metal/etc, can we enter?

There are no restrictions on the style of music that is performed in the NT Music School Battle of the School Bands.

Our song has swearing in it, is that okay?

No, swearing is not acceptable. The NT Music School Battle of the School Bands is a school function and all students participating will be subject to the normal school policies. This includes inappropriate language.

Can we sing to a backing track?

Yes, as long as the backing track has been written by a student.

Can I play a cover song?

No, you must own the copyright to the songs that you perform at the school heats, NT Music School Battle of the School Bands final and People's Choice BASSINTHEGRASS 2019 Music Festival 19 May 2018.

Is there a restriction on song length?

As a guide songs should be a maximum of 4 minutes 30 seconds in length.

Are there any other eligibility requirements or restrictions?

Please ensure that you read and understand the Terms and Conditions.

Remote school entries

What if I can’t get to one of the school heats?

If you are from a remote school and there are no school heats that you can attend you can send us a video entry.

Make sure all the correct forms are enclosed (see How to enter) and post to:

NT Music School Battle of the School Bands NT Music School PO Box 455 KARAMA NT 0813

Your entry must be received by Monday 11 March 2019, so make sure you take into consideration postage times from your location.

But I don’t have a video recorder?

Ask your school or library if they have a video recorder that you can borrow or use a smartphone.

Where do I send my Video Entry?

Contact NT Music School 0889 635550 for further deatails.

I still have questions!

For further information contact NT Music School on 89635550 or email nt.musicschool@ntschools.net.

Other Info

Email: nt.musicschool@ntschools.net
Phone: 08 8963 5550 
FAX: 08 8963 5569
ADDRESS: 60 Matthews Road, WULAGI NT 0812 POSTAL: PO BOX 455, KARAMA NT 0813
ABN: 59137702180

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