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I wanna rock!
High school bands sought for 17th annual JCC Battle of the Bands

Due to the impending snow storm, our
Jan. 19 Battle of the Bands concert is canceled.
Rescheduled date TBA shortly.

Calling all high school rockers! The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center is once again seeking rock and other musical groups to enter and play in its Battle of the Bands concert. This 17th annual competition exclusively for high school bands will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the JCC of Syracuse, 5655 Thompson Rd., DeWitt.

The winning band will receive a $200 cash prize, eight hours of studio time* at More Sound Recording Studio in Syracuse, and $200 to perform at the Winter Fair on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 from 1:30–2:30 p.m. The Battle of the Bands entry form is available to download here (PDF, 1.42 MB) or pick up a hard copy at the JCC’s main entrance reception desk. Registration is $40 per band. The deadline to enter is Jan. 11, 2019.

Photo of the band Churches and Graveyards, winner of the 16th annaul JCC Battle of the Bands on Jan. 13, 2018.

“Once again we’re looking for high school bands to complete in our 17th annual Battle of the Bands,” said Amy Bisnett, JCC associate director of children’s programming. “This is a unique event and offers a safe, inviting place for teens to play for a crowd.”

All bands entering the JCC Battle of the Bands competition must have a majority of its band members enrolled full-time at a local high school. Each band entered will have 30 minutes to play and wow the crowd on Jan. 19. The Battle of the Bands concert has typically drawn up to ten bands from all over Central New York. The shows are filled with quality talent and get the house rocking. Last year’s winner was classic rock band Churches and Graveyards from Marcellus Sr. High School.

Admission to the show is $10 and open to the public. For every high school student admission, the JCC will donate $1 to his or her school district’s music department.

Judges for the 2019 Battle of the Bands will be Micaela Patchin, More Sound Recording Studio; Bob Staffa (B.O.B), 95X radio personality; Greg Minix, Syracuse NewTimes; and Jacob Pucci, reporter.

For more information about the Battle of the Bands, including registration details, contact Amy Bisnett at 315-445-2040, ext. 122, or