A HEAVY metal band blew the crowd away at Naracoorte High School's Battle of the Bands competition.
Outlander, formed by a group of Mount Gambier High School students, took out the top prize on the night for their "fabulous" musicianship and stage presentation.
They won a Yamaha sound system valued at over $1500 after the three judges - English teacher Gemma Files, music loving mum Jenine Curran and guitar teacher Jamie Boyington - deemed them to be the best on the night.
In second place was Grant High School band Reminiscence with their punk rock covers of songs by artists such as Green Day.
There was also a "people's choice" award which was voted by the hundred-odd people in the audience which went to another heavy metal band Karma Effect from Grant High School.
Music teacher Meredith Schinckel said it was a really successful event.
"There were really positive vibes from everyone there.
"The bands were thrilled to have the opportunity to perform and it was such a good experience for them."
She said Naracoorte High School Year 12 student Brendan Curran was responsible for the evening running so smoothly.
"He organised the whole thing for his major music assignment this year.
"I was thrilled with the way Brendan managed the sound and light engineering - there were no complaints.
"It's not easy and he worked very hard to get it right."
Brendan started work on the event in Term 1 and said he thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
"It's something I would like to look at doing in the future as a career path.
"It interested me more than some of the projects other students were doing, like making an instrument."
After securing sponsorship and finding bands keen to play, he organised the equipment and got to work learning the skills needed to operate the sound and lighting.
"This is the main big event I have organised," Brendan said.
"I was pretty happy with how it went. There were a couple of hiccups but that's bound to happen.
"I've already had some audience members and staff ask me about coming back to do it again next year."
Other musical acts on the night were indie pop band Ruby Charlotte from Saint Martin's Lutheran College, The Outcasts from Naracoorte High School and acoustic duo Joe FitzGerald and Issac Noles from Naracoorte High School.
The school has hosted Battle of the Bands before but it has never been on a scale as big as this year with acts from Mount Gambier and Naracoorte.