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Battle of the Bands Info

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Date & Location

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 12:30PM to 9:30PM
Location: City Winery - 155 Varick St., New York, NY 10013. Map & Directions

1st Set - Elementary School Division - Afternoon Show - UPSTAIRS / THE LOFT
(Doors Open at 11:30am | Show Starts at 12:30pm)
TICKETS (Coming Soon)

1st Set - Middle School Division - Afternoon Show - MAIN STAGE / STREET LEVEL
(Doors Open at 11:30am | Show Starts at 12:30pm)
TICKETS (Coming Soon)


2nd Set - High School Division - Evening Show - MAIN STAGE / STREET LEVEL
(Doors Open at 6:00pm | Show Starts at 7:00pm)
TICKETS (Coming Soon)

*** 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 6-10
    Middle School Division: Ages 11-13
    High School Division: Ages 14+
  • 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 Bach to Rock (B2R) 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 date(s) of the Battle of the Bands, representatives of B2R may be filming. 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 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 9, 2019 - 12:30PM - 9:30PM

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 $8 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 THREE SETS – One for each DIVISION. Please be sure to buy tickets for the correct show.

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 12:30PM to 9:30PM
Location: City Winery - 155 Varick St., New York, NY 10013. Map & Directions

1st Set - Elementary School Division - Afternoon Show - UPSTAIRS / THE LOFT
(Doors Open at 11:30am | Show Starts at 12:30pm)
TICKETS (Coming Soon)

1st Set - Middle School Division - Afternoon Show - MAIN STAGE / STREET LEVEL
(Doors Open at 11:30am | Show Starts at 12:30pm)
TICKETS (Coming Soon)


2nd Set - High School Division - Evening Show - MAIN STAGE / STREET LEVEL
(Doors Open at 6:00pm | Show Starts at 7:00pm)
TICKETS (Coming Soon)
*** 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 BachtoRock.com.


  • Carolee Goodgold - Carolee has been a full time Singer and Voiceover Actress for over 30 years. She has been called “a female Robin Williams” because of her versatility and humor. She has recorded Jingles, Records, Song Parodies, Corporate Shows, Children’s Books, Anime, Audiobooks, Toys, Video Games, Workout Tapes, TV Themes, Cruise Ships, Theme Parks, Musicals and anything else one can sing or speak on! Clients include: Cheerios, IBM, Cingular, Dentyne, Verizon, Jello, Downy, American Express, Merrill Lynch, Napier and many more. Carolee has sung with Carly Simon, Larry Gatlin, Rosie O’ Donnell, The Chieftains, Keely Smith and more. As an actress she originated roles in “Bright Lights, Big City”, “Tiny Dancer” , “Faraway Bayou” and more. She has written, performed, directed, and musically directed many Industrials for Scholastic, IBM etc. She graduated with a BFA in Acting/Directing from Ithaca College and is the Singing expert at Edge Studios where she teaches Voiceover lessons.
  • John Miller - As a musician (bass), John has played and/or recorded with: Michael Jackson, Elvis Costello, Smashing Pumpkins, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, James Brown, Tommy Flanagan, Tony Bennett, Peter, Paul & Mary, the New York Philharmonic, Leonard Cohen, Madonna, Bette Midler, Eric Clapton, Carly Simon, BB King, Portishead, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan. He has contracted/coordinated the music for over 130 shows on Broadway show, including: Ain’t Too Proud and Oklahoma! As an actor, he played the role of Dee Dee the drug-dealing percussionist in Amazon Prime’s Golden Globe-winning “Mozart in the Jungle” for all four seasons. www.johnmillerbass.com
  • Brandon “Taz” Niederauer - At just sixteen years old, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer has already earned himself a global reputation as an acclaimed musician and actor. The young guitarist, singer, and songwriter has performed with music legends including Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Buddy Guy, Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Slash, and Jon Batiste, and was heralded by John Mayer as “the first young guitar player that is not a gimmick.” Brandon starred in and originated the role of Zack, for two years, in the Tony Award-nominated Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway production, School of Rock the Musical, and performed alongside Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, and John Legend in NBC’s live broadcast production of Jesus Christ Superstar Live. He is currently featured in Spike Lee’s Netflix original series, She’s Gotta Have It, and performs concerts for audiences across the country and around the world. He has also appeared in the independent yet to be released film "Here Comes Rusty" alongside Fred Willard.
  • Cameron Rasmussen - Cameron Rasmussen is a professional guitarist and musician originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Cameron’s skills beyond guitar playing include producing, composing, and arranging, and he is an experienced music copyist. At age 14, he played a solo guitar arrangement of the Canadian National Anthem in Halifax. He performed for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, and also participated in a funk band led by Rick Waychesko, former trumpet player for Tower Of Power. While at Berklee School of Music, Cameron founded the progressive metal/funk fusion band Sound Struggle. Their debut album was written and arranged solely by Cameron, and the band continues to put out albums that fuse jazz and progressive metal. Sound Struggle has been featured on a number of current online progressive and metal magazines for their second release Rise, and they are considered a contender in the modern metal world. Aside from playing guitar, Cameron uses his skills as a music producer, composer, and arranger to write cues for television and other music for Tangent Music. His compositions have been used by FOX, TBS and MGM. Most recently, Cameron has played guitar in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway, Wicked, Jersey Boys, On Your Feet and the first national tour of Something Rotten, the musical. Follow @crazmuffen on all social media platforms to see what Cameron is up to now!
  • Jason Reese - Jason Reese is no stranger to Bach To Rock. After getting his degree in music from C.W. Post’s Long Island University in 2014, he worked at B2R as a piano and voice instructor for three years. Jason is also an accomplished performer who has been a gigging NY musician, performing all over New York City and Long Island. Most recently, he has had the pleasure of performing with Black Tie Brass and Sal "The Voice" Valentinetti, the 23-year-old crooner from Long Island, who was a finalist on America’s Got Talent’s season 11 on NBC.
  • Wayne Schuster - Wayne Schuster graduated from the University of Miami in Florida, concluding his studies in classical clarinet performance. He then worked for two years on cruise ships out of Miami, where he played saxophone. Wayne moved to New York, where he has performed with many outstanding well-known musicians. Some notables include Bruce Hornsby, Phoebe Snow, Ray Anderson, Dave Liebman, and Paul Shaffer. Wayne toured Asia, Europe, and the Americas with Blood, Sweat, and Tears, and has performed on numerous recordings and albums. Wayne is currently a band director in Jericho Public Schools. His elementary and middle school bands have consistently won high honors at NYSSMA Majors festivals. He also has been guest conductor for SCMEA honors bands.

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 Opens May 13, 2019.


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.