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Battle of the Bands

February 23, 2019

You STRUT your stuff, the judges judge, and the winners get the spoils. The Battle of the Bands competition is optional and is only open to registered STRUT: 2018/19 Festival participants. All battle members must play in one of the leveled guitar orchestras: beginning, intermediate or advanced. 

This year the Battle of the Bands will have two separate competitions: Rock and Paper. 

ROCK = plugged or unplugged groups playing arrangements learned from chords &/or tab (ex. Ultimate Guitar). 

PAPER = plugged or unplugged groups playing arrangements learned from sheet music with traditional music notation (ex. Guitar Orchestra music).

Battle sessions are open and free to the public. Come cheer on your favorite players! The Rock Battle will take place in the main auditorium and the Paper Battle will take place in the Choir Room. 

Registration Coming Soon.

First, Second and Third Place STRUT: Battle of the Bands 2018/19 winners in each grade level and category will all receive a certificate and a small prize from the prize table. First place winners in each grade level and category will perform in the evening concert. Additional performance prize gigs will be announced as times and dates are confirmed. 

Get more details from your guitar teacher:

If your guitar teacher is not listed here, please have them email Jen Cuff at jennifer.cuff@mpls.k12.mn.us for more information!


Strut 2018/19 Participation Guidelines

Battle of the Bands and Guitar Orchestra Participation for High School where a guitar and/or rock band program is offered:

Students will only be able to participate in the STRUT: Guitar Orchestra if they are participating in the guitar program at school.

A student rock band may participate in the Battle of the Bands if a majority of their band members are participating in their high school’s guitar program, and any band members who are in the school guitar and/or rock band program must participate and perform with the STRUT: Guitar Orchestra on April 27, 2019.           

Battle of the Bands and Guitar Orchestra Participation for Middle School where a guitar and/or rock band program is offered:

Students will only be able to participate in the STRUT: Guitar Orchestra if they are participating in the guitar program at school.  

A student rock band may participate in the Battle of the Bands if at least one member of their band is participating in the guitar and/or rock band program at their school, and at least one member of the band must participate in the STRUT: Guitar Orchestra on April 27, 2019.