Battle of the Bands Info

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Dates & Locations

Maryland Elementary, Middle & High School

June 11, 2017 - 10:30AM to 4:30PM
Location: AMP by Strathmore, located at 11810 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, MD 20852Map & Directions.
Parking: Click for info HERE.

Virginia Elementary School

June 18, 2017 - 10AM to 4PM
Location: Tally Ho, located at 19 W Market St, Leesburg, VA 20175Map & Directions.
Parking: View info on FAQ #11 HERE.

Virginia Middle & High School

June 24, 2017 - 10AM to 4PM
Location: The State Theater, located at 220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046Map & 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 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.


  • Sara Davenport is a Fairfax County Public Schools general music and guitar teacher residing in the Washington, DC area. Beyond the classroom, Sara teaches private lessons in voice, guitar, and songwriting and does music booking for a few venues in the area. She is also half of the performing duo, FarAway, who performs at top venues in the DMV area, plays weddings, and has even had an original song placed on a TV show. When not surrounded by music she likes to travel the world!
  • Brian Franke is an independent award-winning folk rock singer/songwriter residing in the Washington, DC area. He is known as both a frequently booked cover song musician as well as an original songwriter. Since 2009 he has made music his career playing over 250 shows each year both locally and as a touring artist.  Additionally, he has released three independent albums: two solo and one with his duo FarAway, had a song on TV, and worked with artists on social media marketing at Cyber PR in NYC. His versatility as an artist lands him shows at popular DC area venues and festivals as well as top music venues where he has opened for nationally touring acts.
  • Tony Porreco is a guitar instructor and also the producer and co-host of Hometown Sounds, the podcast dedicated "showing the world how DC rocks". Every episode, Tony and co-host Paul Vodra handpick the very best in new music from DC-area bands and artists. Likewise, Tony and Paul bring you the stories and context behind the music in a dynamic, personable manner.
    Learn more about Hometown Sounds at and subscribe with your favorite podcast app.
  • 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.
  • Austin Flinn is a guitar and piano instructor who 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.
  • 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. 
  • Pedro Gonzalez-Fernandez is a songwriter and performer who has been involved in the D.C.-area music scene for over ten years. He earned a BA in piano performance (with composition as a secondary focus) at Shepherd University. During this period he received first place in the WVMTNA Collegiate Piano Competition and was a national finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. He later earned an MA in music history at University of Maryland where he taught classes on the history of rock and popular music. Pedro now spends his time playing with local groups (Bellflur, Hundred Hundred) and doing occasional commercial music writing. Right now he's listening to a lot of Deerhoof, Kendrick Lamar, and They Might Be Giants!
  • Samir Moussa, the Director at B2R Bristow, is a GrammyPro Voting member, singer/songwriter who is trained in classical guitar. His latest release 'Dance with Destiny' charted at #2 in Australia for April of 2017 (  Samir also has decades of experience working as a school teacher both in California and Washington, D.C  and successfully created Rock Band Music programs on both coasts. 
  • Adam Melia has been a professional musician for ten years and has been touring the United States full-time since 2014 as part of the Nashville-made, critically acclaimed folk duo, Adam & I. When Adam and his wife relocated to northern Virginia to welcome their second daughter late last year, Adam began performing in DC and the surrounding areas as “Nashville Standard”, a solo act that pays tribute to the stories and sounds of 1950’s era country, blues, and rock n’ roll. A fresh spin on a classic genre, you can catch Adam at many local wineries, breweries, and community events. Find out more at
  • Patrick Frank is an in-demand drummer who has been part of the Washington, DC music scene for over seven years. He is currently a member of We Were Pirates, Derek Evry & the Rhythm Section, and Oh He Dead in addition to being on-call for live shows and recording sessions for local rock, pop, and folk acts. Before moving to Washington, Patrick received his BFA in Media Arts from the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theater & Dance and was a member of the Michigan Marching Band Drumline where he performed in two Rose Bowls. His first job in DC was an internship at NPR Music's All Songs Considered.
  • Carlos Diggs - This is his 5th consecutive year as a B2R Battle of the Bands Judge. A lifetime drummer, 20+ years of professional experience in the music industry as a business owner, musician, producer, and artist manager. Founded and ran the day-to-day operations at Liquid Earth Entertainment Group. Successfully advanced the careers of several recording artists, fine artists, TV personalities, and the US Olympic Bobsled TeamJ. He remains active as a drummer & producer, performing and recording with several artists in the area. He is a sought after consultant, speaker & thought leader in the areas media and entertainment business development. Let’s welcome back Carlos Diggs of DiggsCity Records!!!!


What time should I be at the venue?

Please see the check in times for each division on the schedule pages.
Maryland Schedule
Virginia Schedule

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.

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.


Opens April 4, 2017


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.