Juniorpalooza' returns, high school bands encouraged to participate

Submissions are now being accepted for high school garage bands interested in competing in this year's "Juniorpalooza: The Ultimate High School Battle of the Bands."

Junior Achievement of Central New York is seeking submissions for the event, which will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday Nov. 14, at the Palace Theater in Eastwood.

To be considered, bands must submit an entry form and music sample to JA CNY by Oct. 8. Official entry forms can be downloaded at ja-cnyjuniorpalooza.com and music samples may be submitted via CD or links to YouTube, MySpace or Facebook; E-mail Kathy@ja-cny.org or mail to JA CNY, P.O. Box 784, Dewitt, N.Y. 13214.

Selected bands will rock out in a head-to-head battle to compete for the ultimate grand prize: a professional recording session with SubCat Music Studios, photo shoot with Martha Swann Photography and live acoustic performance on K-Rock, as well as official bragging rights as The Ultimate High School Band!

Each band will have 12 minutes on the Palace stage to impress a panel of expert judges, who will rate them on musical talent, performance, entertainment value, and crowd participation. Professional lighting, sound and equipment will be provided, and original music is encouraged, but not required. At least half of each band's members must be in middle or high school and no band members can be out of high school for more than one year. For a full list of rules, please visit ja-cnyjuniorpalooza.com.

Event tickets will go on sale mid-October. For more information, please visit ja-cnyjuniorpalooza.com.

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