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  • The Priddy Music Academy held its ninth annual Battle of the Bands on February 11 at Union Jack’s in Annapolis. Student bands competed in three age-based divisions and were awarded various prizes and judges’ picks.
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    The Priddy Music Academy held its ninth annual Battle of the Bands on February 11 at Union Jack’s in Annapolis. Student bands competed in three age-based divisions and were awarded various prizes and judges’ picks.
  • The Priddy Music Academy held its ninth annual Battle of the Bands on February 11 at Union Jack’s in Annapolis. Student bands competed in three age-based divisions and were awarded various prizes and judges’ picks.
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    The Priddy Music Academy held its ninth annual Battle of the Bands on February 11 at Union Jack’s in Annapolis. Student bands competed in three age-based divisions and were awarded various prizes and judges’ picks.
  • The Priddy Music Academy held its ninth annual Battle of the Bands on February 11 at Union Jack’s in Annapolis. Student bands competed in three age-based divisions and were awarded various prizes and judges’ picks.
    Photo Provided
    The Priddy Music Academy held its ninth annual Battle of the Bands on February 11 at Union Jack’s in Annapolis. Student bands competed in three age-based divisions and were awarded various prizes and judges’ picks.
  • The Priddy Music Academy held its ninth annual Battle of the Bands on February 11 at Union Jack’s in Annapolis. Student bands competed in three age-based divisions and were awarded various prizes and judges’ picks.
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    The Priddy Music Academy held its ninth annual Battle of the Bands on February 11 at Union Jack’s in Annapolis. Student bands competed in three age-based divisions and were awarded various prizes and judges’ picks.

Priddy Academy Students Compete In Battle Of The Bands

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Priddy Music Academy students rocked the ninth annual Battle of the Bands at Union Jack’s in Annapolis on February 11.
 
Nearly 400 people attended the show, according to Lee Priddy, the students’ teacher and event coordinator. The event ran for four hours, and each band was limited to two songs.
 
All of the participating bands had students from the Priddy Music Academy, which teaches individual musicians and full bands, and coordinates events where they can perform.
 
“The teachers also really help with the notes so when I get up there, I’m most worried about stage presence and getting the crowd interested in my performance,” said Brendan Murphy, the 16-year-old lead singer of Safety Third. “That is the main part of the show.”
 
Priddy said he was proud of the bands’ performances, and that all of the music sounded great.
 
“It was a packed house,” Priddy said. “It really gave them energy, the enthusiasm of the crowd and everything.”
 
The bands were scored based on a rubric provided to the judges, who also provided critiques and comments.
 
There were three divisions for the bands to perform in and those were broken down by age group. Deal With It won in the 15-and-up division, Savage Cabbage won the 13-15 division, and ZEE Band won the up-to-12 division.
 
In addition to the first-, second- and third-place prizes in each division, the five judges gave out judges’ picks in various categories.
 
Zane Brennan, 11, received two judges’ picks, but he could accept only one. He chose the Judges’ Pick Guitar award for his rhythm guitar playing in ZEE Band.
 
“The coolest part of the battle was seeing all of the talent that was present, and I loved the feedback from the judges,” said Erin Murphy, 14, who sings in Unplugged.
 
“If your band didn’t win, or even if they did win, if someone stood out, the judge awarded them,” Priddy said.
 
Despite the large crowd, Reagan Hunt, the 10-year-old drummer of Pop Rocks, said she didn’t have stage fright because she has played in front of a bigger crowd before.
 
“I practice and make sure I know the rhythm, and even if I do mess up, most people won’t know,” Hunt said.
 
The day ended with the teachers, judges and select parents performing together.
 
The next Priddy Music Academy event is Music 4 More on March 10 at the Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge in Annapolis. On March 31, the bands will perform at Sonoma’s in Columbia. That event runs from noon to 5:00pm, and tickets are $5. For more information, visit www.priddymusicacademy.com.
 
How Kids Felt Performing
 
“I felt like there was a ton of adrenaline pumping through my body. After, I felt very confident that we were going to win the battle.”
Zane Brennan, 11, rhythm guitarist of ZEE Band
 
“During the performance, I was just having fun and grooving with the beat. After the performance, I was really proud of us because we worked so hard and our guitarist is really shining right now. I was really proud of how we pulled it together.”
Olivia Blake, 13, vocalist/lead singer of Rapid Fire
 
“I felt great, really proud and like we had worked really hard.”
Chris McCollum, 12, bassist and singer of AC/DB
 
“It was one of the best times onstage I’ve ever had. Just going up there and having the time of your life with your friends, then smiling so much when everyone cheers at the end. It’s indescribable.”
Will McCollum, 16, Unplugged and Everything Rhymes with Orange
 
“After the battle, I felt such a wave of happiness because I knew that we had all performed well and had a lot of fun performing onstage.”
Char Lefler, 14, lead vocalist of Deal With It
 
“Once we were done performing, I felt great about how we did but also nervous about the results.”
Erin Murphy, 14, singer of Unplugged

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