Oklahoma Heritage Association annual Battle of the Bands
Want to listen to some great live music? Want to help Oklahoma high school students? Here’s your solution. You’re welcome.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Teen Board of the Oklahoma Heritage Association hopes to uncover some new Oklahoma talent during its fourth annual Battle of the Bands, to be held March 26 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum.
The board of 18 high school students has been hard at work since August raising sponsorship dollars, recruiting bands and publicizing the event. After an application and interview process, the board has chosen five bands of varying genres and ages to compete, one of which will win a $1,000 cash prize. Each must perform original songs. Bands competing are:
- Ty Mayfield, Tulsa, a singer/songwriter who currently attends Dallas Baptist University. The 19-year-old’s energetic melodies combine his strong vocals with his dynamic piano and guitar playing.
- Coney Island, Oklahoma City, a five-member indie rock band of Bishop McGuinness High School students. Josh Hogsett and Jessi McCord’s gentle, haunting vocals combine with his guitar and her piano playing for a unique sound. Richard Lindsay on guitar, Philip Tolintino on bass and Eddie Ochon on bass round out the group.
- Oxford Town, Edmond, made up of brothers Sam and Daniel Ashford. Impressive guitar work and hard-edged vocals from Sam and an unmistakable synchronization between the two make up their blues rock sound.
The Transit Message, Edmond, a progressive/pop punk band has evolved in recent years by adding edgy guitar riffs from lead guitarist Ben Renfrow and passionate vocals from Tim Burgess. Other members are Cody Carson, vocals and guitar, Ryan Mobley, bass, and Tony Romano, drums.
- At Long Last, Edmond, a four-member alternative/rock band of Deer Creek High School students, has been playing together since they were in elementary school. Members are Jordan Lindley, vocals and guitar, Caden Castelli, guitar and vocals, Cole Verbel, bass and vocals, and Carson Hawkins, drums and vocals.
In addition to learning new skills throughout the process of planning for the Battle of the Bands, board members have also gained a greater appreciation of their own Oklahoma heritage and understanding of the importance of giving back to their community.
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