This archived article was written by: Kelton Wells
The sixth annual Battle of the Bands took place in the Bunnell-Dmitrich Athletic Center on the Price campus of USU-Eastern Saturday, March 19.
The brain child of Associate Professor of Communication Troy Hunt, the Battle of the Bands is sponsored each spring by the campus radio station, 89.7 The Edge, and was co-sponsored this year by Castle Valley Entertainment.
Several community businesses were also responsible for the success of the event. “We had a wonderful outpouring from the community,” stated Hunt. “Numerous local businesses including A Cut Above Salon, Bicycle Works, Charlie’s Pawn, Lee’s Music, Marsha’s Sammich Shop, Price Floral Group, Skin Ink Tattoo, and Supreme Auto Center all provided support in the form of cash and material donations to 89.7 The Edge.”
This year saw, for the first time, the participation of 11 bands (the event is normally limited to 10), and also for the first time, the participation of a solo artist, Mark Swink.
Each band is allowed to play a 15-minute set and are then judged based on the following criteria: overall presentation, artistic impression, talent and musical expertise, overall sound and mix, visual presentation, crowd response and adherence to time constraints.
This year’s four-member judging panel was comprised of Carl Potter, Tammy Erikson, Mallery Dunn from Mornings with Mallery on KRPX The Peak and Jordan Buscarini from Drive Time Sports on KOAL.
Winners at this year’s battle were First Place, Snap Whistle Scream; Second Place, Mark Swink; and Third Place, Ember Ridge. The winners received $500, $300, and $200 prizes respectively.