Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect the new dates for the weeklong contest, as the organizers have decided to postpone it because of expected rains.
After nearly 20 years, San Clemente High students will once again get the chance to showcase their musical talents and compete for studio time as part of the school’s upcoming “Battle of the Bands,” which will kick off in late March.
Starting on March 27, a different band will play their original songs at lunch to an audience of their peers, teachers, and music industry personnel. The bands—comprising sophomores, juniors and seniors—include The Bad Kissers, Roswell, Current Location, Apollo Weekend, and The Wool Club.
The winning band at the end of the week—March 31—will earn the opportunity to work with Biff Cooper of the San Clemente-based Power Plant Records to record a demo tape of three songs.
Cooper told San Clemente Times he got involved with the competition after hearing about it from a SCHS student he works with as part of Power Plant’s afterschool program. He then got connected with teacher Jonathan Bisch, who is leading the event and was looking for a partner to record songs and find judges.
“I’m looking forward (to the winners) recording in a professional studio and help them develop the content necessary to get them noticed by potential fans,” said Cooper.
The weeklong battle was initially scheduled to start on Monday, Feb. 27, however, because of the upcoming storm heading to Southern California the organizers have postponed it to the next month.