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Undefeated win the 2020 JCC Battle of the Bands

2020 JCC Battle of the Bands winner Undefeated, from Lowville Academy and Central School, get their set underway. The rock band consists of (L-R) Christian Dunckel, drums; Ian Birk, bass; and Meredith Dunckel, guitar and vocals.
Battle of the Bands winner Undefeated from Lowville Academy and Central School.
Battle of the Bands winner Undefeated from Lowville Academy and Central School.
Battle of the Bands winner Undefeated from Lowville Academy and Central School.
Battle of the Bands winner Undefeated from Lowville Academy and Central School.
Battle of the Bands winner Undefeated from Lowville Academy and Central School.
Battle of the Bands winner Undefeated from Lowville Academy and Central School.
Battle of the Bands winner Undefeated from Lowville Academy and Central School.
Battle of the Bands winner Undefeated from Lowville Academy and Central School.
Pictured is the JCC's Amy Bisnett (second from left), associate director of children's programming, presenting the $200 cash prize to members of the winning band Undefeated, from left, Christian Dunckel, Meredith Dunckel and Ian Birk.
Steve Becke (far left), organizer of the Winter Fair event, presents Undefeated with a certificate to play at the 2020 Winter Fair on Feb. 9.
Battle of the Bands winner Undefeated from Lowville Academy and Central School.
The JCC's Amy Bisnett kicks off the 2020 Battle of the Bands by introducing the first band up MK Ultra from Syracuse Academy of Science and Paul V. Moore High School (Central Square).
MK Ultra • Syracuse Academy of Science, Paul V. Moore High School (Central Square)
MK Ultra • Syracuse Academy of Science, Paul V. Moore High School (Central Square)
MK Ultra • Syracuse Academy of Science, Paul V. Moore High School (Central Square)
MK Ultra • Syracuse Academy of Science, Paul V. Moore High School (Central Square)
MK Ultra • Syracuse Academy of Science, Paul V. Moore High School (Central Square)
The second band to take the stage was Hypothermia from Paul V. Moore High School (Central Square).
Hypothermia • Paul V. Moore High School (Central Square)
Hypothermia • Paul V. Moore High School (Central Square)
Hypothermia • Paul V. Moore High School (Central Square)
Hypothermia • Paul V. Moore High School (Central Square)
Hypothermia • Paul V. Moore High School (Central Square)
The fourth band to play was Rogue Sound from Cortland High School and Homer Central High School.
Rogue Sound • Cortland High School, Homer Central High School
Rogue Sound • Cortland High School, Homer Central High School
Rogue Sound • Cortland High School, Homer Central High School
Rogue Sound • Cortland High School, Homer Central High School
Rogue Sound • Cortland High School, Homer Central High School
The fifth band up was Filled to the Brim from New Hartford Senior High School, Perry Junior High (New Hartford), Vernon Verona Sherrill Middle School and Whitesboro Middle School.
Filled to the Brim • New Hartford Senior High School, Perry Junior High (New Hartford), Vernon Verona Sherrill Middle School, Whitesboro Middle School
Filled to the Brim • New Hartford Senior High School, Perry Junior High (New Hartford), Vernon Verona Sherrill Middle School, Whitesboro Middle School
Filled to the Brim • New Hartford Senior High School, Perry Junior High (New Hartford), Vernon Verona Sherrill Middle School, Whitesboro Middle School
Filled to the Brim • New Hartford Senior High School, Perry Junior High (New Hartford), Vernon Verona Sherrill Middle School, Whitesboro Middle School
Filled to the Brim even brought their own cheering section with matching shirts!
The sixth and final band to play was Decent from Lafayette Junior-Senior High School.
Decent • Lafayette Junior-Senior High School
Decent • Lafayette Junior-Senior High School
Decent • Lafayette Junior-Senior High School
Decent • Lafayette Junior-Senior High School
Decent • Lafayette Junior-Senior High School
Thank you to our 2020 Battle of the Bands judges for rocking out with us! Pictured (L-R) is Karley Harmon from Family Times Magazine and Joe Morgan and Lorenzo Maldonado from More Sound Recording Studio.

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January 31, 2020

After having to skip the Battle of the Bands last year due to a snowstorm, this year’s show returned with a bang despite another snowy evening. Six high school bands rocked the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center for three hours on Saturday night, Jan. 18. Because of the snow, the 2020 Battle of the Bands concert drew a lighter crowd than usual of just over 100 to the JCC Neulander Family Sports & Fitness Center’s Schayes Family Gymnasium. However, there was no loss of enthusiasm among the musicians and those in attendance. The bands rocked and grooved, and the fans ate it all up. In the end, rock band Undefeated from Lowville Academy and Central School walked away the winner.

Along with bragging rights, Undefeated received $200 cash, nine hours of studio time at More Sound Recording Studio in Syracuse and $200 to perform at Winter Fair 2020 on February 9.

“It was so great to come back so strong this year,” said Amy Bisnett, JCC associate director of children’s programming. “All of the bands were excellent. They played really well and it was such a fun evening. Many thanks to all of the bands, judges and everyone who came and rocked out with us.”

This year’s lineup of bands was unique in that most were from outside the immediate Syracuse suburbs. Undefeated left Lowville super early because of the long drive and falling snow only to arrive at the JCC super early as the roads weren’t all that bad. The three-member winning band describe their musical style as their “own brand of rock mixed with metal, and a lil’ bit o’ glitter.” They were certainly shining as they got their groove on playing some very hard-hitting, melodic tunes. The trio opened with “Warrior” by Ledger and followed with three of their originals “Ghost,” “Where Are You” and “Shadows with Ending.”

“The JCC’s Battle of the Bands is an AWESOME event!” said Undefeated’s guitarist and lead vocalist Meredith Dunckel. “So much fun! Seeing other bands our age rockin’ out inspired us to keep moving forward. So much talent. Judges were so encouraging. Sound guys were top notch—and they were young too! One of the friendliest events we’ve been to. Winning the battle was exciting, especially because the competition was fierce. Each band was completely different from the next, and each unique in their brand of talent.”

The other members of Undefeated are Christian Dunckel (Meredith’s brother), drums, and Ian Birk, bass guitar. They’ve been playing together for just over two years. Their three-year “bandiversary” is coming up on Aug. 5.

“Syracuse has some great venues for young musicians,” added Meredith. “I’d love to see it travel to the outlying areas as well, through Central and Upstate New York. Our band has had the opportunity to travel a bit around the northeastern states. Meeting other bands is great, and we’d love to see more networking!”

The other bands that battled it out with Undefeated this year were MK Ultra from Syracuse Academy of Science and Paul V. Moore High School (Central Square); Hypothermia from Paul V. Moore High School; Rogue Sound from Cortland High School and Homer Central High School; Filled to the Brim from New Hartford Senior High School, Perry Junior High (New Hartford), Vernon Verona Sherrill Middle School and Whitesboro Middle School; and Decent from Lafayette Junior-Senior High School.

Judges for the 2020 JCC Battle of the Bands were Lorenzo Maldonado and Joe Morgan from More Sound Recording Studio and Karley Harmon from Family Times Magazine. This year’s Battle of the Bands was sponsored by More Sound Recording Studio. For every high school student admission, the JCC donated $1 to his or her school district’s music department.

For more information about the Battle of the Bands, contact Amy Bisnett at 315-445-2040, ext. 122, or abisnett@jccsyr.org.

 

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