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Hampshire Music Service

Rock Music in Hampshire

Our aim is to work with Hampshire schools to start and support rock bands through;

Rock music

• High quality instrumental lessons with ensemble playing in the lesson
• Every guitar and drum student in a band
• Communication with Hampshire schools, tutors, and school rock bands
• Rock contacts in schools
• Establishing rock bands and acoustic world bands in schools
• Developing a Hampshire Rock Network as a focus for rock in Hampshire
• Band Tuition - Rock Startup, Session, Residency, Rock Night, Playing Day
• Instrumental workshops – technique/improvisation/composition
• Co-ordinating rehearsal space, equipment and PA
• Learning resources for guitar, drums, bass and ukulele
• Information for bands, health and safety, songs to play
• Recording
• Regular performance opportunities - concerts and festivals e.g. our biennial Battle of the Bands.
• Professional training and support for our tutors

If you wish to discuss any aspect of education within the rock music genre then please contact us on
023 8065 2037 or e-mail:

Battle of the bands - 2016

The Battle of the bands competition is run every other year througout Hampshire, the last being in 2014. The winners (pictured) were Rift from Westgate School. This Winchester-based mixed gender band, describe themselves as a hard rock/heavy metal with influences from Pink Floyd to Iron Maiden and more recently – Stone Sour.

The following details have been revised from the 2014 poster, the updated advert will be released later this year.

We’re looking for the best young rock bands in Hampshire!

BOTB - winners 2014 - Rift

Play a major venue to a live audience and a panel of professionals...

Round 1 – Audio

Send us a recording

Email an MP3 file of one song to or send a CD to:

Hampshire Music Service
Rookwood Centre
Penshurst Way
SO50 4RJ

Deadline: December 2015 TBC

Please include:

include in the MP3 name or on the CD:

Round 2 – Live Heats

The best bands from the Audio Round go on to compete in Live Heats around the county in spring 2016

Round 3 – The Final

The heat winners will each play a set to a panel of professional musicians to find the Overall Best Band


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