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NMIT Band Wins State Final of National Campus Band Competition

22 Mar 2013

NMIT Bachelor of Music student, Trent Sterling, and his band The Ivory Elephant have won the Victorian State Final of the National Campus Band Competition.

Trent and fellow band members, Alex Gooding and Stuart Prendergast, played a 20 minute set to beat six other student bands from Victoria last Thursday night at The Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda to secure a spot at the National Final.

Trent says The Ivory Elephant could be described as something like “heavy blues” with influences including Jimi Hendrix, The Black Keys and Led Zeppelin. "It has been an amazing experience so far and we are looking forward to playing at the National in Adelaide".

The Ivory Elephant beat 11 other NMIT bands to get to the regional finals where they came second but qualified for the State Finals.

As State Final winners, The Ivory Elephant will receive $500 cash plus expenses to get them to the National Final.

The Final of the National Campus Band Competition will be held on Friday 28 September at Fowlers Live in Adelaide. The National winner will receive:

  • $1,000 cash
  • Five days recording at Chapel Lane Entertainment
  • Five days accommodation at The Manse (Chapel Lane)
  • Each finalist band will receive a YouTube ready clip of their Finals performance (first song in set only), courtesy Media Resource Centre and Northern Sound System.

The National Campus Band Competition has been running since 1990 with previous winners including Jebediah (1995) and Eskimo Joe (1997).

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