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Battle of the Bands entry deadline drawing near

POLKTON – Time is running out for bands and individuals to sign up for South Piedmont Community College’s fifth annual Battle of the Bands, set for Saturday, April 21. Deadline to enter is March 22 and prize money has been dramatically increased for this year’s event, making it much more lucrative for the winners.

The Battle of the Bands is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the L.L. Polk Campus on U.S. 74 in Polkton. The first-place band will receive $1,500 – three times last year’s prize – and will have the option of being the opening act at the Carolinas Emerging Music Festival on SPCC’s Old Charlotte Highway Campus in Monroe later in the fall.

The second-place band will receive $750 and the third place band will receive $500. The top individual performer will receive $500, five times last year’s prize.

As usual, the winner from the previous year – Fire For Effect, in this case – is not eligible to compete.

Bands will be required to use their own instruments, including drums. All performances during Battle of the Bands must be live, and no recorded accompaniment will be allowed.

Prospective performers should submit a recording of the band via online link or CD to Mike Maffucci by noon March 22. Maffucci can be reached at 704-290-5864 or mmaffucci@spcc.edu. Bands will be notified by 5 p.m. March 23 about whether they have been selected.

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Media inquiries: Rosemary Britt, 704-272-5342, rbritt@spcc.edu