Byron-based Southern Cross Uni band to play national final

BAND STAND: Southern Cross University representatives Parkside Orchestra has advanced to the final of the National Campus Band Competition to be staged in Sydney on October 1.
BAND STAND: Southern Cross University representatives Parkside Orchestra has advanced to the final of the National Campus Band Competition to be staged in Sydney on October 1. Nick Cummins

BYRON BAY-based band Parkside Orchestra is through to the finals of the National Campus Band Competition.

The final will be held in Sydney on October 1.

The Southern Cross University trio of Torsten Gustavsson (vocals and guitar), Scott Finch (bass) and Freyja Hooper (drums) captivated the crowd with their musical ability and stage presence to take out the Queensland state final earlier this month.

Their set at the Lismore SCU campus event was described as "tight, punchy and awe inspiring".

The National Campus Band Competition is the largest live band competition in the southern hemisphere and has been held on Australian university and TAFE campuses across the country for the past 22 years.

Each year up to 400 bands from more than 40 institutions compete in a bid to be crowned national winners of this prestigious and highly respected competition.

The national winner will join the ranks of NCBC alumni such as Eskimo Joe, The Vines, Jebediah, George, Grinspoon, Waikiki and Augie March.

Other bands that have participated but not won include Frenzal Rhomb, Spiderbait and The Mavis's.

Southern Cross University line-ups have won the national final four times.

SCU's last victory in the competition came in 2009 when The Downstairs Mix Up triumphed.



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