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High School Bands Battle for Recording Time, Radio Play

Winners of the Battle of the Bands earn more than bragging rights.

(Graphic courtesy of aabattle.com)
(Graphic courtesy of aabattle.com)
The best of the best in local high school bands will square off in the 16th annual Anne Arundel County High School Battle of the Bands, on Jan. 25.

The concert-contest will take place at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, hosted by Danny Mays, the organization's associate director.

“This event has become an Anne Arundel County tradition for participants and patrons alike,” Mays said. “It's always my favorite event of the year.”

Winners of the competition earn more than bragging rights. Bands will compete this year for a day of recording time with renowned producer Steve Wright in Baltimore, along with dedicated airtime on local radio stations and a headliner at Ram's Head on Stage.

The bands' schools also stand to benefit from the contest—all proceeds are donated to the music departments of the top four high schools.

Judges include a panel of local music professionals, like Larry Rodbell, a drumming instructor and Annapolis resident.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.aabattle.com  for $12 and will cost $15 on the night of the event.  

A list of the bands competing in the event will be posted as soon as it is made available. 

See Patch's 2013 coverage of the 15th Annual Battle of the Bands.

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