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Posted win the 2017 JCC Battle of the Bands

The classic rock band Posted from Marcellus High School, winners of the 2017 Battle of the Bands, jam out their high-energy set. Pictured from left is Dan Wrona, lead guitar; Josh Winoski, percussion; Nate Murphy, lead vocals; and Riley Burns, bass guitar. Not pictured is Sam Hayduke, percussion.
Battle of the Bands winner Posted from Marcellus High School. Pictured, from left, is Sam Hayduke, percussion; Josh Winoski, percussion; Dan Wrona, guitar; Nate Murphy, lead vocals; and Riley Burns, bass.
Battle of the Bands winner Posted from Marcellus High School.
Battle of the Bands winner Posted from Marcellus High School.
Battle of the Bands winner Posted from Marcellus High School.
The JCC's Mick Hagan (far left), director of children and teen services, with 2017 Battle of the Bands winner Posted after awarding their $200 prize. The band's members, from left, are Dan Wrona, guitar; Nate Murphy, lead vocals; Sam Hayduke, percussion; Riley Burns, bass; and Josh Winoski, percussion.
Kicking off the 15th annual JCC high school Battle of the Bands is emcee and judge Scott Dixon (center) of 95X radio announcing the first band White Moorman from Fayetteville–Manlius High School.
White Moorman from Fayetteville–Manlius High School gets their set going. Pictured, from left, is fourth-grader Theresa White, stand-up bass; Rebecca White (Theresa's older sister), acoustic guitar; and Will Moorman, electric guitar.
White Moorman • Fayetteville–Manlius High School
White Moorman • Fayetteville–Manlius High School
White Moorman • Fayetteville–Manlius High School
Scott Dixon (far left) with 95X introduces the evening's second band, alternative/classic rock group XLATERALS from East Syracuse-Minoa Central High School.
Rockin' out is XLATERALS from East Syracuse-Minoa Central High School. Pictured, from left, is Jason Neabauer, bass guitar; Jack Callahan, lead guitar and vocals; and Caleb Wilkinson, drums.
XLATERALS • East Syracuse-Minoa Central High School
XLATERALS • East Syracuse-Minoa Central High School
XLATERALS • East Syracuse-Minoa Central High School
Summer School Valedictorian from Liverpool High School, the night's third band, gets a warm welcome from 95X's Scott Dixon.
Summer School Valedictorian from Liverpool High School get their set rolling. Pictured, from left, is Connor Macdougal, guitar; Alex Bolczuk, drums; and Danny Wood, guitar and vocals.
Summer School Valedictorian • Liverpool High School
Summer School Valedictorian • Liverpool High School
Summer School Valedictorian • Liverpool High School
Scott Dixon (third from left) with 95X brings up the fourth group, Band 2oh9 from Marcellus High School.
The members of Band 2oh9 from Marcellus High School are, from left, Colin Annett, keyboard; Dan Balman, bass guitar; Shayla Donathe, vocals; Grant Hughes, drums; Tyler Whetherall, guitar; Kendall Koloski, vocals; and Jack Masters, guitar.
Band 2oh9 • Marcellus High School
Band 2oh9 • Marcellus High School
Band 2oh9 • Marcellus High School
The night's fifth band Vivid Recall from Christian Brothers Academy, Liverpool High School and Charles W. Baker High School also played in last year's Battle of the Bands. Introducing them is 95X's Scott Dixon.
Kicking off their set is Vivid Recall from Christian Brothers Academy, Liverpool High School and Baker High School (B'ville). Pictured, from left, is Colin Heaney, guitar; Stephen Phillips, keyboard and lead vocals; Dan Moser, lead guitar; Jack Murphy, drums; and Shane Patterson, bass guitar.
Vivid Recall • Christian Brothers Academy, Liverpool High School, Baker High School (B'ville)
Vivid Recall • Christian Brothers Academy, Liverpool High School, Baker High School (B'ville)
Vivid Recall • Christian Brothers Academy, Liverpool High School, Baker High School (B'ville)
95X's Scott Dixon (second from left) welcomes another returning band to the stage -- the evening's sixth act Decent from Lafayette Junior-Senior High School.
Pictured from left is Decent's Kailyn Leach, guitar and vocals; Grady Collingbourne, drums and vocals; and James Baker, guitar/bass and vocals.
Decent • Lafayette Junior-Senior High School
Decent • Lafayette Junior-Senior High School
Decent • Lafayette Junior-Senior High School
The seventh band Final Velocity from Charles W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville is introduced by Scott Dixon from 95X.
From left, the members of Final Velocity from Charles W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville: Matt King, piano/bass; Rachel Wittman, drums; Britney Kokesh, lead vocals; and Anthony Gravante, bass/piano.
Final Velocity • Baker High School (B'ville)
Final Velocity • Baker High School (B'ville)
Final Velocity • Baker High School (B'ville)
Scott Dixon (third from left) with 95X gets ready to announce the evening's final act, The Mutants from Fayetteville–Manlius High School, Jamesville-DeWitt High School and Charles W. Baker High School (B'ville).
The Mutants from Fayetteville–Manlius High School, Jamesville-DeWitt High School and Baker High School (B'ville). Pictured, from left, is Greg Tillman, bass guitar; Jacob Bloom, lead guitar; Lucas Dekaney, drums; Mike Tavares, guitar and vocals; and Hanna Manning, keyboard and vocals
The Mutants • Fayetteville–Manlius High School, Jamesville-DeWitt High School, Baker High School (B'ville)
The Mutants • Fayetteville–Manlius High School, Jamesville-DeWitt High School, Baker High School (B'ville)
The Mutants • Fayetteville–Manlius High School, Jamesville-DeWitt High School, Baker High School (B'ville)
From left, Battle of the Bands judges Scott Dixon of 95X and Max Marcy and Garrit Peck from last year's winning band The Cuddlefish. Not pictured is Bob Staffa of 95X. (Who let him leave before we could take this pic?!?)

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Updated January 24, 2017

Nine bands rocked the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center for four-and-a-half hours Saturday night, Jan. 14. This 15th annual high school Battle of the Bands concert drew a crowd of over 300 to the JCC Neulander Family Sports & Fitness Center’s Schayes Family Gymnasium where the many up-and-coming musicians played a wide range of musical styles. The fans grooved and ate it all up. In the end, returning classic rock band Posted from Marcellus High School rose to the top and was crowned this year’s winner.

Along with bragging rights, Posted received a $200 cash prize, eight hours of studio time at More Sound Recording Studio in Syracuse, an interview segment on 95X radio's Locals Only show, an opening act slot for an upcoming show at The Lost Horizon, the headline slot at this summer's TeenFest event and the opportunity to play in a special JCC 2017 Spring Showcase concert.

“This has truly been a milestone Battle of the Bands concert,” said Mick Hagan, JCC’s director of children and teen services. “For 15 years we’ve been bringing local high school musicians together to showcase their talents and make them rock stars for an evening. It’s so awesome that we’ve been able to grow this thing into Central New York’s biggest battle of the bands competition exclusively for high school musicians. I’m so impressed by the bands that played this year and how successful our Battle of the Bands event has become.”

The hard rocking Posted is no stranger to the Battle of the Bands. They were tied for third in last year’s show. This year the five-member group came out swinging with a boat load of confidence and enthusiasm. It was like they had something to prove. And they did indeed prove that they were up to the task. Playing a high-energy set that included both originals and some cover songs, Posted delighted their large and vocal fan contingent. In fact, they brought out more fans than any other band.

“We’d like to thank the JCC for putting on this awesome event,” said Posted’s lead singer Nate Murphy. “It’s so great how they pull all of this together and give high school bands a chance to play out. It was so incredible to be here with so many good bands.”

The other members of Posted are Dan Wrona, lead guitar; Josh Winoski, percussion; Riley Burns, bass guitar; and Sam Hayduke, percussion. They’ve been playing together for about four years. They describe their musical style as classic rock influenced by jazz, fusion, progressive rock and funk. Some of the bands that have influenced them include Rush, Phish, Steeley Dan and Led Zeppelin.

“We think that this is such a cool event and we were so glad to be a part of it twice,” said Posted guitarist Dan Wrona. “A great event to get people out to see and support local live music, and for us to meet more people like ourselves.”

The other bands that battled it out with Posted this year were White Moorman from Fayetteville-Manlius High School; XLATERALS from East Syracuse Minoa Central High School; Summer School Valedictorian from Liverpool High School; Band2oh9 from Marcellus; Vivid Recall from Christian Brothers Academy, Liverpool and Baker High School (Baldwinsville); Decent from Lafayette Junior-Senior High School; Final Velocity from Baldwinsville; and The Mutants from F-M, Jamesville-DeWitt High School and Baldwinsville. Coming in second place was Vivid Recall and third was XLATERALS.

Judges for the 2017 Battle of the Bands were Scott Dixon (dXn), 95X radio personality; Bob Staffa (B.O.B), 95X radio personality; and Garrit Peck and Max Marcy from last year's winning band The Cuddlefish.

This year's Battle of the Bands was sponsored by More Sound Recording Studio of Syracuse, Pepsi, 95X and Contact Community Services.

For more information about the JCC Battle of the Bands, contact Mick Hagan at 315-445-2040, ext. 129, or mhagan@jccsyr.org.

 

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