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Battle of the Bands - Look What We Did Again!
Look What We Did Again!
The Sussex County Department of Human Services, Municipal Alliance hosted the second annual "Does Your School Rock? Battle of the Bands Championship" at McNiece Auditorium in Sparta, on Saturday, November 15, 2014. The program is funded by the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and this year, WNNJ radio (103.7 FM) co-sponsored the event. Every high school in Sussex County was invited to participate in a competition of garage bands. This year five schools were represented by the six acts that competed and last year's winning band returned as a non-competitor to exhibit some of their music.
The show saw the return of some of the performers from last year's show and the return of "No Vertebrae," last year's champion. Each performer represented their high school extremely well, and you could tell the audience enjoyed all of them. The night was hosted by Nick Loizzi, the Sussex County Municipal Alliance Coordinator and emcee for the evening. In between acts, Loizzi presented some interesting information to the audience about underage drinking, which included a PowerPoint presentation.
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(Photo: J. Gilgannon)
All the performers deserve high praise for their efforts. Five judges including Borasio, the morning show DJ and Gary Cee, the afternoon host from WNNJ, Kristen Thompson and Mark Turtur from the Sussex County Division of Community and Youth Services, and Brian Westervelt of the band "No Vertebrae" were given the difficult task of rating the performances. While their scores were tabulated, "No Vertebrae" entertained the audience with a playlist of original songs. Finally, after all the scores were tallied up, the winning band was announced. CONGRATULATIONS to "Non-Toxic"!! Their win gives Kittatinny Regional High School two winning years in a row.
"Non-Toxic" performs at the "Does Your School Rock? Battle of the Bands" on November 15, 2014 (Photo: J. Gilgannon)
Sussex County Technical High School teacher Michael Ventresco and his students also deserve praise for their work videotaping the event and interviewing the bands for a documentary that will be shown later this year. We can't wait to see how the DVD comes out!
Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make this year's event a success! We look forward to doing it again next year.