Battle of the Bands Info
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Maryland Elementary, Middle & High School
Virginia Elementary School
Virginia Middle & High School
- 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.
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- 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 all performance venues. 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.
- Alexandra Touzinsky is a professional teacher and performin violinist in the band Two Ton Twig.
- Jay Glaspy is also a professional session bassist bass teacher, audio engineer, producer, and DJ. He also provides expert advice for artists, musicians, and bands on career development in the music industry through his company Xen Live.
- Howard Rabach is a professional musician with 20+ years of performance and studio experience.
- Carlos Diggs has been a Battle judge for 6 consecutive years! A lifetime drummer, he founded and ran the day-to-day operations at Liquid Earth Entertainment Group and has successfully advanced the careers of several recording artists, fine artists, TV personalities, and the US Olympic Bobsled Team.
- Jake Askarinam is a professional drummer and former B2R student. His band AD/HD won the high school division of the Battle in both 2009 and 2010. Since his time at B2R, he has gone on to study drums at Montgomery College and will continue on to the New School of Jazz in NYC.
- Jess Eliot Myhre is the power-house vocalist, clarinetist, and band leader of the DC-based swing band Bumper Jacksons. She has toured all over the United States, selling out venues and dance halls with her authentic take on jazz and Americana music.
- Tony Porecco is an audio producer based in Washington, DC, who is well known for his locally-focused music podcast "Hometown Sounds".
What time should I be at the venue?
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?
Admission is $5 cash per person. Students performing and children 7 & under are not charged 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.
Opens April 11, 2018
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.