Battle of the Bands Info

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Date & Location

Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 1PM to 9:30PM
Location: City Winery - 155 Varick St., New York, NY 10013. Map & Directions

1st Set - Afternoon Show - Middle School Division
(Doors Open at 12pm | Show Starts at 1pm)

2nd Set - Evening Show - Elementary & High School Divisions
(Doors Open at 5:30pm | Show Starts at 6:30pm)
*** Seating is general admission and first come-first serve. You will not be admitted until the doors open for each set.***

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 band’s total score.
  • Two points will be awarded for an original song, with a maximum of 2 points awarded in this category per band.
  • Every performer 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!
  • 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 0-10
    Middle School Division: Ages 11-14
    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 date of 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 America’s Music School, LLC (AMS), our franchisor, their legal representatives and assigns, and Amplified Capital Partners Holdings LLC and its affiliates (ACPH), 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 Bach to Rock.
  • I release and agree to hold 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 AMS and ACPH may be filming at The Red Lion. 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.
  • AMS and/or Music Makers, LLC and ACPH are not liable for any personal injury, or property damage arising as a result of student’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.


When and where is the competition?

June 10, 2018 - 2PM - 8PM

City Winery, 155 Varick St., New York, NY 10013. Map & Directions

What time should I be at the venue?

Each band member must arrive 30 minutes before their band’s DIVISION is scheduled to perform. We will email you more specific details for each division as we get closer to the event.

What if I’m not sure 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.

Where should I park?

Parking garage on Spring Street between Hudson and Varick, 1 block South of City Winery. Street parking on Vandam available after 7 p.m.

How much is admission?

Admission is $5 per person (performers do not pay) and children 5 and under are free. You may buy tickets at the door but please try to buy in advance to avoid lines on the day of the show.  Tickets may ONLY be purchased by calling CITY WINERY at 212.608.0555 or by visiting their website.
THERE ARE TWO SETS - Please be sure to buy tickets for the correct show.

1st Set - Afternoon Show - Middle School Division
(Doors Open at 12pm | Show Starts at 1pm)

2nd Set - Evening Show - Elementary & High School Divisions
(Doors Open at 5:30pm | Show Starts at 6:30pm)
*** Seating is general admission and first come-first serve. You will not be admitted until the doors open for each set.***

Will there be food?

City Winery offers brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert menus.

Do I have to stay all day?

No, we recommend you stay for the duration of the division that your student is performing in. 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 get skipped altogether?

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.  We know this 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 and band rehearsal they have scheduled.  In addition to the lessons every student should be practicing regularly. We may try to book an additional rehearsal or two in the weeks leading up to the Battle as well.

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 1st Place winners will be immortalized by being featured in a plaque on their B2R school’s Wall of Fame.  Some performances may also be posted on B2R’s website on the Wall of Fame located here.  

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 band’s 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 do we 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…) 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 or visit our website at


  • Bert Elliot was recently inducted into the NY Blues Hall of Fame. He has received worldwide acclaim for his instrumental guitar work and was featured in Guitar Player magazine. Bert has also recorded two critically acclaimed albums and is currently working on his third. He has written music for various TV networks and his compositions can heard on VH1, NFL Football, Jerry Springer, and Maury Povich among others. Playing drums at age 8 and shifting to guitar at 18, Bert has toured nationally and internationally and has worked with musicians from all over the world including Bernie Williams, Stu Hamm and Marcus Miller.
  • Billy Amendola was born on December 17, 1957, in Brooklyn, New York. His dad Vincent played trombone in the big band era, but after watching The Beatles and Ringo on Ed Sullivan, the seven-year old knew the drums would be his voice. Mostly self-taught, with lessons from various teachers including Bernard Purdie, Amendola hit the road at the young age of fifteen. After playing rock music for most of his young life, Billy always had a strong passion for pop and R&B, and in the late '70's his funk/dance band Mantus charted three Top-10 dance singles and toured the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Throughout the 70s, '80s and '90s, Billy (one of the first to combine electronic and acoustic drums in the US) played on numerous recordings and remixes, including then teen-sensation Debbie Gibson's smash hits "Only In My Dreams" and "Shake Your Love," which earned him a triple-platinum record award. Billy currently writes & produces at his home studio and works for Modern Drummer publications—his home for the past twenty years. In March of 2018, Billy‘s 70s band Mantus reunited and released their album EST-1976. For more go to
  • Amy Madden is a New York Blues Hall of Fame bassist who has been a constant presence on the music scene, playing in and writing for bands both above and below ground, in Europe as well as the US. Her debut UK solo EP received major airplay; since then, she has released two cds on the Swedish label Belpid Records which were critically acclaimed for their unique cinematic songwriting. As Amy Madden Taylor, she is an accomplished writer, with a published novel (Losing My Accent) available on Amazon/Kindle and a constantly evolving website of essays ( Her latest collection of poetry, As Though Through Glass, is available at the Strand bookstore. As a bassist, she appears frequently these days with Jon Paris, Alan Merrill, Scoville Junkies, Ricky Byrd, and others.  She is currently working on a new album of original music which will be released in 2019, along with a new volume of poetry.

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.


Registration Closed


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.