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Battle of the Bands competition showcases creativity

Saturday, November 3, 2007  
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By Kimberlee Rhodes

Oklahoma Christian University will provide students an opportunity to display their talents for fellow students and visiting alumni during Homecoming by hosting the second annual Battle of the Bands.

“It is always a great activity for all of our students who are in bands to participate and for everyone else to enjoy the entertainment,” Homecoming Director Amber Grubb said.

Sophomore, Kelcy White, is a committee head for Battle of the Bands, and he has previous experience with functions such as this. He believes this year’s Battle of the Bands is going to be a great success.

“I’ve been organizing and participating in battles throughout high school and college, so when Amber approached me with the opportunity to organize this year’s, I was thrilled,” White said. 

Junior, Ryan Groves, is also a committee head for Battle of the Bands.

“We have a lot of talent, a great crew, tons of support, and it’s inside,” Groves said. “It seems to me we have a good show on our hands.”

Each year the bands are required to perform a song related to the theme, and this year’s theme is “OklaHOMECOMING.”

“They can perform a song first written by an Oklahoman artist such as Garth Brooks, All American Rejects, Hanson, etc. and change it to whatever style they prefer,” Grubb said.

The show has had a few changes this year. It will be held in the Student Center, and instead of a cash prize, the winners will get to open for the well-established band, Ingram Hill. With that kind of opportunity, the stakes are higher than ever.

“It should bring out the best in all the bands participating,” White said.

A great deal of time and effort has gone into planning this event.

“The team and I have spent the past several weeks coordinating the elements people will see at the show and the behind the scenes elements of the battle,” White said.

Ryan Groves wanted to be a committee head for Battle of the Bands in order to support the local bands within the community and to ensure a great show.

“I wanted to make sure the event went well,” Groves said. “I’ve worked with it in the past, and I know some of the road blocks that come up, especially with equipment.”

There are always bumps in the road with big events, but there are also huge rewards.

“The best part for me personally is the opportunity to organize an event for the school involving music, one of my biggest passions in life,” White said. “I think the best part for the bands will be the chance to display their talent to their peers and the possibility of opening for a national act.”

The number of participants is uncertain with bands still signing up, but one band has already been practicing its skills for the homecoming concert.

Sophomores Seth Newell, Nathan Wheat and Derek Gates have put together a band called, “Nuances of Toast.”

Newell preformed in last year’s Battle of the Bands in the former group, “E.TC.”, and he is excited about this year’s performance. “Nuances of Toast” will be presenting an original performance of the familiar song, “Oklahoma.” Battle of the Bands is Tuesday, Nov. 6 in the Student Center at 8:00 p.m.

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