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I wanna rock!
JCC's high school Battle of the Bands concert coming Jan. 16

Eight high school bands will be rocking out in DeWitt tomorrow night and vying for bragging rights as well as some pretty cool prizes.

The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center’s 14th annual Battle of the Bands concert will be held on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. in the JCC Sports & Fitness Center’s Schayes Family Gymnasium, 5655 Thompson Rd., DeWitt. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $9 at the door and open to the public.

Once again this year Bob Staffa (B.O.B.) of 95X Radio will be the evening's emcee. The event is being sponsored by Pepsi.

Photo of the band Casual Plaid, winner of the 13th annaul JCC Battle of the Bands on Jan. 17, 2015.

Each band will be given 30 minutes to play, which includes set-up time. Following is the lineup of bands and order that they will perform:

  • Sun
    Baldwinsville High School
  • Posted
    Marcellus High School
  • Decent
    Lafayette Junior-Senior High School
  • Theory 1
    Fayetteville-Manlius High School
  • Cosmic Pineapple
    Christian Brothers Academy, Jamesville-DeWitt High School
  • The Cuddlefish
    Onondaga High School
  • 5 Head
    Henninger, Cazenovia, Jamesville-DeWitt High School
  • Vivid Recall
    Christian Brothers Academy, Faith Heritage, Liverpool High School

The JCC of Syracuse is again expecting a good crowd for this yearly winter teen event. The winning band will receive a $200 cash prize, eight hours of recording studio time* at More Sound Studio of Syracuse, a prize pack from Gorham Brothers Music and the opportunity to play in a special JCC 2016 Spring Showcase concert. Last year’s winner was progressive roots-rock bluegrass band Casual Plaid (pictured above) from Marcellus High School.

For every high school student admission the JCC will donate $1 to his or her school district’s music department.

“We had such a great Battle of the Bands concert last year,” said Mick Hagan, JCC’s director of Children and Teen Services. “The diverse styles of music and quality of the musicians were incredible, and the turnout was excellent as usual. I can’t wait to see what kind bands we get to enter this year.”

Each JCC Battle of the Bands competition 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.

This year's Battle of the Bands will be Ryan Gorham, Gorham Brothers Music, Syracuse; Chris Baker, public policy reporter for The Post-Standard; Katrina Tulloch, life and culture reporter for The Post-Standard; Bob Staffa (B.O.B.), 95x Radio personality; and Sean King and Erica Ylitalo from last year's winning band Casual Plaid.

For more information about the Battle of the Bands, contact Erin Hart at 315-445-2360, ext. 133, or