Battle of Bands in Basalt draws loud support |

Battle of Bands in Basalt draws loud support

Aspen Times writer

The sixth Basalt Battle of the Bands on Saturday hosted 34 bands, the largest turnout in the event’s history.

New musicians from throughout the valley took the stage to battle with veterans. Bands mixed their membership across several schools.

Good weather brought out an estimated 2,000 to watch seven hours of music on two outdoor stages. When the smoke had cleared, trophies were awarded in the following categories:

Middle School Garage Band

1. The Four Illusions (Aspen Community School)

2. Whiplash (Aspen Community School/Aspen Middle School/Waldorf School)

3. Shae (Basalt Middle School)

Judge’s Choice Award: Xerox, (Basalt Middle School)

Middle School Band

1. Basalt Middle School Jazz Band

High School Garage Band

1. Matter of Course (Basalt High School)

2. Stealth Practice (Yampa Mountain High School)

Judge’s Choice Award: Taro/Garret (CRMS)

High School Band

1. Roaring Fork Blues Project (Roaring Fork High School/Waldorf School)

2. CRMS Jazz Band

Matter of Course will compete on June 13 in another valleywide contest in Snowmass Village – the Chili Pepper and Brewfest, which runs June 11-13.

Funds raised by The National Jam Foundation Inc. for the Basalt Battle of the Bands go to augment the music programs at 12 schools. Last year $6,200 was disbursed to schools from Aspen to Rifle.

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