Battle of the Bands Info

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Click HERE for the Maryland Battle of the Bands Schedules.

Click HERE for the Virginia Battle of the Bands Schedules.

Dates & Locations

Virginia Middle & High School

June 4, 2016 - 10AM to 4PM
Location: The State Theater, located at 220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046Map & Directions.
Parking: Click for info HERE.

Virginia Elementary School

June 5, 2016 - 10AM to 2PM
Location: Tally Ho, located at 19 W Market St, Leesburg, VA 20175Map & Directions.
Parking: View info on FAQ #11 HERE.

Maryland Elementary, Middle & High School

June 12, 2016 - 9AM to 3PM
Location: AMP, located at 11810 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, MD 20852Map & Directions.
Parking: Click for info HERE.

Rules & Regulations

  • All bands may perform up to 8 minutes; a penalty of 1 point for every 15 seconds over the time limit will be deducted from the bands total score.
  • Two points will be awarded for an original song, with a maximum of 2 points awarded in this category per band.
  • Every child must be present and arrive at their specified time. Bands that are not present when called will not be able to perform. Bands missing a member will have the option to perform without that member or forfeit their opportunity to perform. No exceptions!
  • For each state, there will be 1 winner and 2 runner ups in each of the three divisions
  • The division a band will perform in is determined by average age of band members:
    Elementary School Division: Ages 0-11
    Middle School Division: Ages 12-14
    High School Division: Ages 15+
  • All competing band members must be enrolled and in good standing in the B2R Rock Band program at the time of both registration and the Battle of the Bands.
  • All participating band members MUST submit a completed registration form by the specified deadlines. No late registrations will be accepted.
  • If a member of the band cannot participate, the band may perform without that member, but no replacements are permitted.
  • Band names cannot be changed after the registration deadline.
  • Song selection is final and must be submitted before the registration deadline.
  • No explicit language is to be used in songs. All explicit lyrics must be changed. Use of explicit language will result in disqualification.
  • All band members are expected to follow student conduct rules as outlined in the B2R Policy Handbook.
  • Order of bands will be picked at random, please do not request a specific time as we cannot accommodate.

Additional Terms

  • I hereby give Music Makers, LLC (d.b.a. Bach To Rock), their legal representatives and assigns, the absolute right and unrestricted permission to obtain, copyright use, publish and reuse and republish photographic pictures, recordings, videos or portraits made of my child, in any media and for the purposes of advertising, promoting and increasing awareness of Music Makers, LLC.
  • I release and agree to save harmless the schools and the photographer, their representatives and assigns, acting with their permission, including any firm publishing or distributing the finished product for the purpose noted in paragraph one, above, even though the finished product may be distorted, blurred, altered, or used in composite form, either intentionally, or otherwise.
  • I waive any right to approve the finished photograph or any copy which might be used in conjunction with the finished photograph, recording, or video.
  • Please be advised that on the dates of the Battle of the Bands, representatives of Bach to Rock/Music Makers, LLC will be filming at the Fillmore. As a willing participant at this event, your appearance may be recorded and used in future video productions which may or may not include television broadcasts or other public exhibitions.
  • B2R is not liable for any personal injury, or property damage arising as a result of child’s participation in the Battle of the Bands.
  • I have read and understand attached rules and regulations. I understand that failure to comply may result in disqualification of the band from the competition.


What time should I be at the venue?

Check in times for students are as follows:

June 4
VA Middle School: 9:30am
VA High School: 12:30pm

June 5
VA Elementary School: 9:30am

June 12
MD Elementary School: 8:30am
MD Middle School: 10am
MD High School: 12:20pm

What if I’m not sure on what division my student is in?

Each band is placed in a division depending on the average age of all the students within the band. The band confirmation email that you received after all members of your student’s band completed registration tells you what division your student band is placed in.  You can also ask your student’s teacher, B2R site director or administrative staff for clarification.

How much is admission?


Will there be food?

The State Theater and Tally Ho will be serving food according to their menu and kitchen hours. Please contact the venue for more info. AMP will not have any concessions but water will be available.

Can we leave and come back?

Re-entry will adhere to each venue's policies. Please contact them for more info.

Do I have to stay all day?

No, we recommend you stay for the duration of the division that your student is performing in (roughly 3-3.5 hours total).  This way you show support to all bands performing and are able to be present during announcement of awards at the end of the production.

When will awards be announced?

Awards will be announced at the end of the division after all the bands have performed. 

Why do the bands sometimes play out of order or skip bands all together?

The B2R staff strives to follow the posted schedule as closely as possible but sometimes unforeseen circumstances happen outside of our control.  Bands drop out at the last minute, a student might get sick or not show up at all it can be disappointing to all that attend.  But the show must go on!

How do I participate during the event?

Participate by clapping, cheering, and dancing during student performances to show your support.  You can also participate by uploading pictures from your smart phone to your local B2R’s Facebook page.

How do we prepare for the event?

We encourage all students to attend every lesson they have scheduled.  In addition to the lessons every student should be practicing regularly.

What are the prizes?

1st place bands win 4 hours of B2R studio time and Runner Up bands receive 2 hours of studio time.  Both 1st place and Runner Up bands receive plaques and will be immortalized by being featured in a plaque at their B2R school’s Wall of Fame.  Their performance will also be posted on B2R’s website on the Wall of Fame located here. Additional prizes may be donated by local businesses and will be given to winners and runners up if donations are received.

How are the winners determined?

We recruit judges that have an extensive musical background and that are actively involved in the local music scene.  They use the judging sheet that can be found here to calculate each band’s score.  All bands may perform up to 8 minutes; a penalty of 1 point for every 15 seconds over the time limit will be deducted from the bands total score.  Bands will be awarded a maximum of 2 points for an original song.  We encourage all bands to perform one original and one cover song.

Will my student’s teacher be there?

Our teachers are encouraged to attend the battle, but due to personal or work conflicts may not be able to attend.  Teachers often have lessons scheduled during battle times.

How to get in touch with other band members?

Contact your site’s director for contact information of parents to the other members in your student’s band.

What should my child do when he/she arrives?

The student should go directly to the registration table to check in and meet with their band members.

In case of an emergency, who should I contact?

Please contact your local Bach to Rock staff in case of an emergency.

What do I need to bring to the Battle?

Bach to Rock will provide the backline equipment such as amps, pianos and microphones.  Students should plan to bring their guitar and drum sticks.  Also note that we need to be notified if a student is bringing special gear (pedal boards, synth…) a month prior to the event so that our stage managers can plan the day accordingly.

What if I have a question that isn’t answered here?

Please contact your local Bach to Rock site director for additional information.


  • Suzanne Thweatt is currently pursuing a second Master’s Degree at The New School in New York City. She works for Warner Music Group as the Washington DC/ Baltimore area College Rep. She does publicity, marketing, and sets up promotions for artists when they tour the DC area. Prior to working with Warner Music Group, she was the East Coast Correspondent for British Indie Rock-N-Roll zine Black Velvet Magazine for several years. She wrote CD reviews, concert reviews, interviewed musical artists, photographed artists and penned a column called Rockin’ America and attended up to 100 concerts per year.
  • Patrick Rainey has been musician since he was very young and continues his passion for playing every day. Playing music has taken him around the world and it enriches his daily life. Whether playing soul, jazz, funk, or punk rock, Patrick always brings the best out his glorious saxophone. He hopes to continue spread positivity through music for all of time.
  • Catherine Lewis is a chemical engineer and freelance writer based in Washington, DC. While her day job takes her to refineries around the world, her writing job has allowed her to share her thoughts on popular music for more than a decade. She currently contributes regularly to The Washington Post and the Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB), and she runs the concert calendar web site She was on staff at Pitchfork from 2001 until 2010, and she edited its debut book, The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to the Present. She has also written for Revolver, Express, and numerous East Coast alt-weeklies. When not listening to, writing about, or creating music, she can be found knitting, running, or making jam. Notably absent from that list is sleeping. 
  • Sara Davenport is a local singer/songwriter and currently performs with the acoustic duo FarAway. She started singing at a very young age and continued with a Music Education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she also began playing guitar. When not writing and performing music, Sara is a general music teacher at Westlawn Elementary School in Fairfax County.
  • Dan Fisk, award-winning singer-songwriter, writes beautiful melodies woven with soulful, witty lyrics that speak to his audience's heart. Rubbing the boundaries of both the singer-songwriter and country genres, Fisk transcends both with a unique, appealing sound. Critics have drawn comparisons to fellow Virginia natives Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, and Pat McGee, yet Fisk's percussive, rhythmic guitar style is all his own. Fisk is a veteran of the road, and plays regularly in Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, New York, North Carolina and Chicago, performing at New York’s Park Avenue Festival, Chicago's Elbo Room, and leading DC venues such as IOTA and Jammin Java. He has opened for several national acts, growing a loyal, expanding following. Voted as one of Washington, DC’s “Hottest 5” musicians in 2010, and receiving Wammie nominations for “Best Pop Rock Vocalist” and “Best Pop Rock Recording” in 2015, he is quickly garnering regional acclaim. 

  • Tony Porreco is a guitar instructor and the Co-Host/Producer of Hometown Sounds, the podcast devoted to "showing the world how DC rocks". Every episode, Tony and Co-Host Paul Vodra deliver a well-curated selection of the best in new music from both emerging and established artists based in the DC area, complete with enthusiastic discussion of happenings in DC's music scene that ranges from cerebral to absurdist. You can learn more about Tony at

  • Austin Flinn is a guitar and piano instructor at Bach to Rock Bethesda. Austin began studying guitar at the age of twelve and was exposed to music by his family and teachers even earlier. His earliest musical memories are watching music videos of popular bands as a toddler in the late 80’s. He decided to start playing music to recreate the sounds he heard coming from the radio and TV. Austin pursued the guitar, piano, as well as various wind instruments in grade school and developed a broad musical perspective while still quite young. After discovering the great classical guitarist Andres Segovia at the age of eighteen, Austin decided to study classical guitar under Glenn Lyons at West Chester University near Philadelphia, PA. He would go on to receive his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music with a concentration in guitar. Austin performs solo and in chamber settings. He held the first chair position in the WCU Guitar Ensemble for three years before graduating. He has also performed in popular music settings, including time spent as a sideman for a former American Idol contestant. Austin is particularly grateful to all of his music teachers, both private and in the classroom. The decision to start teaching came out of a desire to perpetuate the knowledge and technique he has gained thus far. His main goal for students is to show them simply that they can do it too. Austin’s students have gone on to record, perform in public, and even study at the university level.

  • Carlos Diggs’ life assignment is to encourage and lead people to do what they are inspired to do. He is committed to helping individuals and organizations see new possibilities and develop new opportunities. Carlos is an opportunity development consultant, speaker, agent, and founder of Liquid Earth Entertainment Group. Carlos has 20+ years of professional experience as an innovator and creative business strategist with more than 10 years in the music industry. Carlos is successful in creating vision, identifying go-to-market strategies, building organizations, and delivering strong profitable results. Carlos has managed several recording artists and bands and has successfully advanced their careers. Carlos is an accomplished producer and musician who is actively performing. Carlos understands and appreciates both the creative and business sides of music across all genres.

  • Frank Grocholski is a freelance guitarist, session musician, producer, songwriter, arranger and teacher.  Aside from guitar, Frank also plays mandolin, banjo, bass, keyboard and sings.  Frank has been hired for live/studio work with several artists and bands including Courtlynn Carr, David Andrew Smith, Ruut, Whitehouse Effect, Wes Mcdonough as well as national artists, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, Junior Doctor and members of SR-71.  Aside from constant touring and gigging, Frank has done demo videos for Premier Guitar magazine and teaches privately and at the School Of Rock.  You can now catch him playing with several regional bands including The Richie Fields band and Spilled Milk.

  • Howard Rabach is a highly trained, veteran musician, with over 25 years of performance and production experience. Since relocating from New York City in 1993, he has slowly established himself as an in-demand session bassist, deeply versed in classic R&B/soul, rock, pop and jazz standards, klezmer, and Americana/roots music, among others.  Howard is currently endorsed by Gamma Custom Basses. Additionally, Howard is a certified audio engineer; his headquarters and home office, Machine Room® Studio, is an intimate, yet well-appointed and comfortable, full-service recording studio located in a quiet Arlington, VA neighborhood.  Finally, as a retired classroom teacher, he also partners with local percussionists to teach custom-designed rhythm workshops at local middle and high schools.

  • Sean Mason teaches guitar, bass, and is also a band coach at B2R South Riding. Sean has been performing live in Virginia since 2002. During high school Sean participated in the many music and arts programs offered. After four years of participating in the schools’ Jazz guitar Ensemble and classical guitar orchestra Sean was presented with the Curtis Alley Music and Arts Scholarship. “Having experience and knowledge of more than one instrument allows me to expand my students’ minds, and ideas of how to approach ideas and exercises.” Says Mason who is proficient at guitar, bass, drum kit, and piano theory. Sean's musical interests include: Nightwish, Children of Bodom, lamb of god, Kamelot, Eric Clapton, Gojira and, Apocalyptica.

Judging Criteria

Bands will be evaluated on musicianship, ensemble precision, and stage presence by a panel of experienced judges. A maximum of 2 points can be awarded for original songs. We encourage you to perform one cover and one original.


April 4, 2016


Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event. Tickets are $5. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to purchase your tickets. Cash only.