7 rock bands to compete for recording session Drugs, alcohol will be banned as teens gather

April 19, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Seven local rock bands, amplified by 1,200 watts, will vie at the Agricultural Center in Westminster tomorrow night for a session in a professional recording studio. But organizers hope several hundred teen-agers enjoying the music will send a louder message to community leaders.

They hope that an evening without trouble at the alcohol- and drug-free affair, billed as the Battle of the Bands, could help persuade the older generation that teen-agers can successfully plan and carry out such an event.

CC PRIDES, an after-school recreation club for Carroll County high school students, is staging the Battle of the Bands.

The acronym for the nonprofit organization stands for Carroll County Parents Responsible In Daily Efforts of Students, but adult participation is mostly confined to a supervisory board that provides guidance to the students.

J. C. Beurer, 22, adult adviser for the club's entertainment committee, credited Katie Baker, a North Carroll High School student, with introducing at the club's January meeting the idea of holding a band competition.

The competing bands, all composed of high school musicians, are Pique, Compression, Stain, Highwater, Hated, Mobtown Beat and the Gnold, Mr. Beurer said.

Three judges, each a professional in the music industry, will determine the winner based on originality, performance, musical talent, and audience interaction and reaction, he said.

Each band must play three songs, including one original song and one cover song, he said. The 1,200-watt sound system will be provided by Coffey Music of Westminster.

Drew Dean, a disc jockey from Cascade Sound Productions in Hampstead, will fill in as each band sets up, Mr. Beurer said.

The winning band will play an encore as the finale of the five-hour event. That band also will win a trophy and five free hours of professional recording time from UK Studios in Hampstead.

The runner-up band will receive a musical package worth $162 from Stu's Music in Westminster, and the third-place band will get $100, he said.

Pub Date: 4/19/96

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