South Kitsap High School has won the fifth annual Schools of The Rock Battle of the Bands competition, sponsored by The Rock Wood Fired Pizza restaurant. The school’s music program won the $10,000 prize in the competition that pitted 28 high school marching bands from across Washington and the Portland, Ore. area against each other with online video recordings of rock hits.
The 10 schools with the most text votes were judged by a panel of celebrity judges, including Andy McKeag from The Presidents of the United States of America; Brad McDavid, band leader at the University of Washington; Keith Rousu, Seahawks Blue Thunder Drum Major; Stephen Radclidde, Seattle Youth Symphony music director; and Donn Bennett from Donn Bennett Drum Studios.
Second place went to Chief Sealth High School with a $5,000 prize, and the $1,000 third place went to Issaquah High School. The four runners-up were Rogers High School, Puyallup High School, Bellarmine Preparatory and Bellevue High School, each winning pizza parties valued at $750.
The three divisional winners – Puyallup High School, Lynnwood High School and Sumner High School – were each awarded $1,000 each for receiving the most text votes within their division, and Bellarmine Preparatory School received $1,000 for the Best Video award.
“At The Rock, we are inspired by great music and the people that make it,” said Don Bellis, co-founder and president of The Rock. “Battle of the Bands is our way of supporting the programs that help shape the next generation of rockers.”
For more information about Battle of the Bands or to donate, visit www.TheRocksBOTB.org or call 253-987-5479.