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High school bands sought for 2020 JCC Battle of the Bands

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

The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center is on a mission to reboot its high school Battle of the Bands competition. After having to cancel the show last January due to a snow storm, the JCC is looking to come back next year bigger and better than ever. To do so, the JCC of Syracuse is seeking some serious high school rockers to step up!

The JCC is putting out the call for rock and other musical groups to play in its upcoming Battle of the Bands concert on Jan. 18, 2020. In addition to bragging rights the winning band will receive $200 cash, eight hours of studio time at More Sound Recording Studio in Syracuse and $200 to perform at Winter Fair 2020 on Sunday, Feb. 9. The Battle of the Bands entry form is available online by clicking here and at the JCC’s main entrance reception desk. Registration is $40 per band. The deadline to enter is Jan. 7, 2020.

“We’re looking for bands who want to play their hearts out in order to try and win some really cool prizes,” said Amy Bisnett, JCC associate director of children’s programming. “This fun and unique event offers a safe, inviting place for teens to play in front of a crowd. After having to skip last year’s show, we can’t wait to rock the 2020 Battle of the Bands.”

The friendly Battle of the Bands competition is exclusively for high school bands and will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the JCC of Syracuse, 5655 Thompson Rd., DeWitt. All bands entering the JCC Battle of the Bands competition must have a majority of its members enrolled full-time at a local high school. Each band will have 30 minutes to play and wow the crowd on Jan. 18.

The Battle of the Bands started in 2002 and has drawn bands from all over Central New York. The shows are filled with quality talent and get the house rocking. Classic rock band Churches and Graveyards from Marcellus Sr. High School won the JCC Battle of the Bands the last time it was held in 2018.

Admission to the Battle of the Bands show on Jan. 18 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 2020 Battle of the Bands will be announced shortly.

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