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I wanna rock!
JCC's 16th annual Battle of the Bands to be held Jan. 13

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.

Five high school bands will be rocking out tomorrow night and battling for bragging rights along with some pretty cool prizes.

The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center’s 16th annual high school Battle of the Bands concert will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13 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.

Photo of the band Posted, winner of the 15th annaul JCC Battle of the Bands on Jan. 14, 2017.

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:

  • Sydney Irving
    Marcellus High School
  • Vivid Recall
    Liverpool High School, Baker High School (Baldwinsville)
  • Churches and Graveyards
    Marcellus Sr. High School
  • FM All
    Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Nottingham High School
  • Decent
    Lafayette Junior-Senior High School

This year's emcee will again 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, Contact Community Services and Pepsi.

The winning band will receive a $200 cash prize, eight hours of studio time* at More Sound Recording Studio in Syracuse, the headline slot at this year's Contact Community Services’ TeenFest event, and the opportunity to play in a special JCC 2018 Spring Showcase concert. Last year’s winner was classic rock band Posted from Marcellus Sr. High School.

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

Judges for the 2018 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; Katrina Tulloch, life and culture reporter for The Post-Standard; Greg Minix, Syracuse NewTimes; and Nate Murphy, Josh Winoski and Dan Wrona from last year's winning band Posted.

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.

For more information about the Battle of the Bands, call 315-445-2360 or email