Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands is a generic term for a contest in which many bands, usually rock/guitar bands but often from a range of different styles, compete for the title of "best band". The winner is determined by a panel of judges, the general response of the audience, or a combination. The winning band usually receives a prize in addition to bragging rights. Prizes usually include cash, free recording time in a local recording studio, a piece of new equipment, or a gift certificate.

Traditionally, Battle of the Bands are often held at live music events and forums (for example, the [http://www.gbob.com/ Global Battle Of The Bands] ). Increasingly, a number of Battle of the Bands events have been conducted exclusively on the Internet by the playing of and voting on digital music files.

A historical incident

During the winter of 1862-1863, Union and Confederate armies were camped near each other at Fredericksburg, Virginia, separated only by the expanse of the Rappahannock River. One cold afternoon, a band in the Union camp struck up some patriotic tunes to cheer the men. They were answered from across the river by a Confederate band. The Union band played another tune followed by the Confederates who also did their best to play the same song. Back and forth the musical duel went well into the evening hours. Soldiers in both armies listened to the musical battle and would cheer for their own bands. The duel finally ended when both bands struck up the tune of "Home! Sweet Home!" It was then that the men of both sides who were so far from their homes, cheered as one. [ [http://americancivilwar.com/Civil_War_Music/civil_war_music.html American Civil War Music ] ]

In popular culture

A Battle of the Bands event forms the climax of a number of films, including "School of Rock" and "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey". The film "Drumline" puts its own spin on the convention, featuring a battle between marching bands.

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