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I wanna rock!
JCC's high school Battle of the Bands concert is Saturday, Jan. 14

Take Thompson Rd. to Ridgecrest Rd., then take your first quick left into the JCC parking lot. Enter the building's main entrance at the flag pole.

Nine high school bands will be rocking out this Saturday night and vying for bragging rights along with some pretty cool prizes.

The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center’s 15th annual high school Battle of the Bands concert will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14 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.

This year's emcee will be on-air personality Scott Dixon (dXn) of local alternative rock radio station 95X. The event is being sponsored by More Sound Recording Studio, 95X, Pepsi and Contact Community Services.

Photo of the band The Cuddlefish, winner of the 14th annaul JCC Battle of the Bands on Jan. 16, 2016.

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:

  • White Moorman
    Fayetteville-Manlius High School
    East Syracuse Minoa Central High School
  • Summer School Valedictorian
    Liverpool High School
  • Band 2oh9
    Marcellus Sr. High School
  • Vivid Recall
    Christian Brothers Academy, Liverpool High School, Baker High School (Baldwinsville)
  • Decent
    Lafayette Junior-Senior High School
  • Final Velocity
    Baker High School (Baldwinsville)
  • Posted
    Marcellus Sr. High School
  • The Mutants
    Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Jamesville-DeWitt High School, Baker High School (Baldwinsville)

“We’re so excited to be putting on our 15th Battle of the Bands concert,” said Mick Hagan, JCC’s director of children and teen services. “Each year we’ve been very fortunate to have so many talented musicians step up and help us put on a great show. It’s going to be special evening full of fun and excitement for both the bands and fans in attendance.”

The winning band will receive a $200 cash prize, eight hours* of studio time at More Sound Recording Studio in Syracuse, an interview segment on 95X radio's Locals Only show, an opening act slot for an upcoming show at The Lost Horizon, the headline slot at this year's Contact Community Services TeenFest event and the opportunity to play in a special JCC 2017 Spring Showcase concert. Last year’s winner was alternative ska band The Cuddlefish (pictured above) from Onondaga High School.

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

The JCC of Syracuse is again expecting a good crowd for this yearly winter teen event. 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.

Judges for the 2017 Battle of the Bands will be Jose Varona, More Sound Recording Studio; Scott Dixon (dXn), 95X radio personality; Bob Staffa (B.O.B), 95X radio personality; and Garrit Peck and Max Marcy from last year's winning band The Cuddlefish.

For more information about the Battle of the Bands, contact Mick Hagan at 315-445-2040, ext. 129, or


*Studio time with engineer Jose Varona must be used in the same day and cannot be split into separate sessions