NEWBURYPORT — The Yankee Homecoming High School Battle of the Bands will be held on Friday, July 25 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Waterfront Park.
Yankee Homecoming is looking for local high schools to once again battle it out for first and second place, and organizers have added some new twists this year.
All qualifying bands this year will be offered a free, onetime Band Marketing 101 class by Zach Field of Zach Field Drum Studios/Musical Suite.
The winner of the High School Battle of the Bands will open for the Yankee Homecoming waterfront Steelfingers concert on Sunday. They will also receive a $100 check and a recording session at On the Fringe Studios in West Newbury and be paid to play on a flatbed in the parade. If they cannot make the parade, that paid honor will go to the second place winner.
The second place winner receives a $100 check as well and a gift certificate.
“To make things a little interesting this year we have added judges in addition to the audience vote. The judges will choose bands for style, musicality, dynamics, etc. the audience will provide 1/3 of the vote. Zach Field and a judge from West Newbury School of Music will provide the rest” said event chairwoman Cheryl Munick. "This is a really great opportunity for local high school bands to play in front of a fun, supportive audience and possibly win some awesome prizes! It is always a great night.”
Applications can be downloaded from the Yankee Homecoming website www.yankeehomecoming.com on the Battle of the Bands page.