2010 Youth Battle of the Bands Finalists to Perform at the 42nd Annual Dos Pueblos Jazz Festival

Contacts: Ed Seaman, William Fiedtkou
Phone: 805.845.4949, 805.452.2768
Email: info@sbyma.org
Web: http://www.sbyma.org

March 3, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2010 Youth Battle of the Bands Finalists to Perform
at the 42nd Annual Dos Pueblos Jazz Festival

March 5, 2011
SANTA BARBARA, CA – The NEWCATS and Cut Time, two accomplished youth bands that represented the Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy in the finals of the Youth Battle of the Bands event last Oct 24th, 2010 at the Marjorie Luke Theatre, will provide energetic evening entertainment at the Dos Pueblos Jazz Festival.  Musicians from both of these bands will transition directly from the day’s jazz competition to entertain the folks at the beautiful Dos Pueblos Performing Arts Center.  From old jazz classics to contemporary blended jazz/reggae and foot-stompin’, saxophone-led rock-n-roll, these kids always put on a great show.  If you have a child that wants to be in a youth jazz or rock-n-roll band, come see what is possible.  The evening jazz concert runs from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Concert Admission is $8 for students/Seniors, $10 for adults. Admission for a combo ticket (day competition and evening entertainment) is $10 for students and $15 for adults. All proceeds go to the DP Jazz Festival to support youth jazz in the arts.
For more information on NEWCATS and Cut Time, contact Ed Seaman or William Fiedtkou at info@sbyma.org or visit http://www.sbyma.org
For more information about the Dos Pueblos Jazz Festival Event, please contact Band Director Les Rose at lrose@dphs.org or 968-2541 ext.222 or our Facebook page at Dos Pueblos High School Jazz Festival or email DPHSjazzfestival@gmail.com

Battle of the Bands Was a Hit!

Last Sunday night, the culmination of all of our efforts for the past few months resulted in one FANTASTIC show.  It was so amazing to see all of our planning and hard work collide with the enthusiasm of the Santa Barbara community, and, of course, the raw talent of every single musician on stage.  To everyone who made it out there that night: thank you — for everything! Thank you for performing. Thank you for cheering. And, most of all, thank you for supporting SBYMA and our mission to provide a fun, hands-on experience with music that unites Santa Barbara youth from all cultures and backgrounds in an environment that will ignite a desire to learn.

Although the pursuit of music has no winners and losers, prizes were awarded as a means of motivating the bands to bring their A-game. It is important to note that all bands were mentored at the event by professional stage managers like Eric Eisenberg, had the opportunity to perform for music industry professionals like Alan Bailey, JR Richards, Nick Gunn, and Darin Fietcher, were given gift bags that included swag from Horny Toad Active Wear, Fame Wizard, and Live Culture Records, and were covered by and will continue to be covered by local media.

Third place in the junior division was awarded to two bands, High Frequency and All Dudes One Chick. Each band will receive $100. Second place was awarded to The Catastrophes, who will receive $250.  And first place for the Junior Division was awarded to Technical Difficulties, who will receive $500, the opportunity to play a guaranteed paid gig on the mainstage at Fiesta 2011, and 40 custom t-shirts designed and printed by Blue Skies silkscreening.

As for the Senior Division, third place was awarded to the Windmill Vandals, who will be awarded $100. Second place went to the New Cats, who were awarded $250. The New Cats were also awarded the Rockstar Award, which is the award for the band that had the most fans in attendance (each person at the show was asked to write down which band they came to watch).  They will receive a spotlight on Santa Barbara Backbeat, which is a local TV show that “delivers a behind the scene look at people and organizations in Santa Barbara using music to make a difference in our community.” And first place in the Senior Division went to False Puppet, who will be awarded$500, the opportunity to perform on the mainstage at Fiesta 2011, and 60 custom t-shirts by Blue Skies Silkscreening.

Once again, thank you to everyone who came out to support these musicians on Sunday. We are very excited to see what the next year will bring and we sincerely hope that all of you will continue to encourage every child to focus on their own value and untapped potential through music.

For any questions, please email info@sbyma.org. Winners please call SBYMA music studios to let us know when you’ll be coming by to pick up your prizes at 805-897-4327.

Battle of the Bands Senior Division Finalists

10 Youth bands will be performing at SBYMA’s first annual Youth Battle of the Bands FINAL EVENT this Sunday, October 24th at the Marjorie Luke Theater at 6 PM.  The following five bands are the five senior division bands that will be showcased at the event…

  • Birth of Cypress

This Santa Barbara band is comprised of high school buddies that felt very connected when they starting playing music together at the farmer’s market in 2010.  Band member include Jake Elliott, 17 ( Plays Djembe and Vocals), Garrett Timmons, 17 (Plays acoustic guitar and vocals), Alex Victoria, 17 (Plays ukulele and vocals), and Will Candy, 16 (Plays acoustic guitar). This band can be described as “folk rock with hint of world” and recently provided music for a wedding. You can listen to their music on Youtube.

  • Cut Time

Cut Time is a Goleta band that started in 2008, thanks to William Fiedktou of SBYMA and “a little serendipity”. Band members include: Michael Sikich (keyboard), Daniel Salinas (vocals), Timothy Stanton (drums), Cory Nelson (bass), Vitorio Di Novi (lead guitar), and Dante Dorantes (saxophone). They band claims that they “don’t rock out,” and describes their sound as jazz. You can read more information about this band on their website.

  • False Puppet

False Puppet is a Santa Barbara band that was “created in 2009 by combining the wickedly awesome talents of Tyler and Brennan Benko (guitar and drums respectively) and the hyper energetic bass of Channing Peake; these young guns really know how to rock the house!”

Band members include: Tyler Benko, 15 (Guitar, Lead Vocals), Channing Peake , 15 (Bass, Vocals), and Brennan Benko, 14 (Drums). False Puppet describes their sound as “driving hard rock,” and lists their influences as Green Day, Nirvana, Sex Pistols, Weezer, and Rage Against the Machine.

You can read more about False Puppet on Facebook or on their website.

  • New Cats

The New Cats is a Santa Barbara band that has been playing funk, rock, reggae and some jazz from the 1950’s to the 1990’s ever since 2005. Band members include Aaron Dutton, 16 (alto saxaphone), Eli Seaman, 14 (keyboard), Cameron Remak, 15 (drums), Cory Nelson, 18 (bass guitar), and Willie Guy Pate, 16 (lead guitar).

“This band was the first youth band formed by William Fiedtkou before the Youth Music Academy even existed, and they “set the stage” for other bands formed by William by successfully performing in public and gaining popularity.  The name NEWCATS evolved from the first letter of each band member’s first name… Over the years, the boys have become amazing young men and outstanding musicians as a group and individually. They all attend different schools and have different hobbies, but find common ground in their love for music and the fun they have performing Rock, Funk, Reggae and jazz from various decades together. Their instrumental versions of popular music have been enjoyed by all including the performers. Their experience as the NEWCATS has included events such as The Westbeach Festival, The Avocado Festival, I Modonarri, The Girsh Park Summer Festival, Fiesta, The University Club, Borders, Jensen’s, Camino Real Market Place, Kids for a Cure (yearly), and various other festivals, fundraisers and private parties.”

You can read more about the New Cats on their Facebook and Myspace pages.

  • Windmill Vandals

The Windmill Vandals are a Santa Barbara band that formed in 2009 when they “all met at Santa Barbara Middle School and hit it off from there!” Band members include: Travis Tighe, 17 (Vocals, Guitar), Zach Wallace, 16 (Guitar, Keys), Dakota Dobbin, 16 ( Drums), and Ezra Danley, 16 (Bass).

This band describes their sound as “blues-influenced rock” and explains that they are influenced by musicians like White Stripes, Band of Skulls, Wolfmother, Elbow, Portugal, and The Man.

You can read more about this band on their Facebook or Myspace page!

These bands will compete in front of a panel of judges made up of local community members from the entertainment industry including JR Richards, front man and singer/songwriter for Dishwalla, Nick Gunn, multi-platinum recording artist, Alan Bailey, former Treasurer of Paramount Pictures and Darin Fiechter, owner of Live Culture Records.

The final competition will award the top 3 bands from each division a series of cash prizes as well as  the exclusive opportunity for their band members to be mentored by a professional stage manager. Winning bands will also receive local media recognition for their bands, among many other prizes.

Battle of the Bands Junior Division Finalists

10 Youth bands will be performing at SBYMA’s first annual Youth Battle of the Bands FINAL EVENT this Sunday, October 24th at the Marjorie Luke Theater at 6 PM.  The following five bands are the five junior division bands that will be showcased at the event…

  • All Dudes and One Chick

All Dudes and One Chick is a Santa Barbara band that was formed in 2009 as a result of Peabody Charter School’s after school enrichment program. Band members include: Sophia Hurtado, 11, Colin Hurtado, 9, David McInnes, 9, and Max Gould, 10. This is a hard rock band influenced by legendary musicians like ACDC.

  • High Frequency

High Frequency is a Santa Barbara band that was formed in 2009.  Band members are Matt Turk, 13 (Rhythm Guitar, Vocals), Reed Donaldson, 11 (Lead Guitar), Josh Dillon, 14 yrs, (Keyboards), Nick Van Hecke, 15 yrs (Drums), and Reese (Bass). They joined this band through SBYMA simply because they enjoy being in a band. Their goal is to have consistent gigs at Live Culture. You can find them on Facebook.

  • Inner Fears

Inner Fears is a Santa Barbara band that was formed in 2009.  Band members include JT Tomlinson, 12 (lead guitar/lead vocals), Dakota Middleton, 15 ( bass/backup vocals), Tor Weiland, 11 (drums). The student in this band are a part of SBYMA.

  • Technical Difficulties

Technical Difficulties is a Santa Barbara band that was formed in 2007. Band Members include:  Kyler Tanowitz, 13 (vocals & guitar), Dolan Ingraham, 14 ( guitar & vocals), Nik Harger, 12 (keyboards), Jack Haley, 14 (bass & vocals), and Stone Roshell, 11 (drums).

“In 2007, Stone and Kyler were playing a concert in Stone’s garage for a pretend audience. The “band” was called Voltage Rhino. Then the microphone broke down, and Kyler said, “We are experiencing technical difficulties” and the band began. Stone and Kyler then gathered more people until they had a Fantastic Fivesome and the band has been the same ever since.

“We do not have many gigs upcoming because we are going to start focusing on writing originals, learning more covers, and working on our performing skills, so we can be better linked to the audience on stage, and a whole lot more.

“Everyone in the band is very passionate about there instrument, and what they play on it. Everyone in the band absolutely loves all kinds of rock, so naturally that’s what we play. We look up to bands like Nirvana, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and a few classic rock bands like Deep Purple and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

“We have many different sounds, all in the key of rock. We play heavy rock, soft rock, and a lot more. We like electric guitar, with clear vocals and steady drums, with a pulsing, rythmic, distinct bass line in the backround, with some keyboards to add to the sound.”

You can read more about the band on their website and listen to their music on Youtube.

  • The Catastrophes

The Catasrophes is a band that was formed a few weeks ago when the band members met at summer camp. Band members include: JT Tomlinson,  12, Maxton Schulte,  12, andMatt Freegard, 14. The Catastrophes have a “crowd pleasing” sound and are influences by 70’s Rock, The Who, Stones and Southern Rock. They are also involved with Fiesta’s Rock Shop Academy.

 

These bands will compete in front of a panel of judges made up of local community members from the entertainment industry including JR Richards, front man and singer/songwriter for Dishwalla, Nick Gunn, multi-platinum recording artist, Alan Bailey, former Treasurer of Paramount Pictures and Darin Fiechter, owner of Live Culture Records.

The final competition will award the top 3 bands from each division a series of cash prizes as well as  the exclusive opportunity for their band members to be mentored by a professional stage manager. Winning bands will also receive local media recognition for their bands, among many other prizes.

 

Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy Announces Finalists for the Youth Battle of the Bands

Click here to view the new Battle of the Bands flyer!

The Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy (SBYMA) is pleased to announce that five Junior Division bands and five Senior Division bands have been selected as finalists for the 1st Annual Youth Battle of the Bands on October 24th at 6:00 pm at the Marjorie Luke Theatre.

The Youth Battle of the Bands auditions were held all day on October 2nd. These 10 bands proved their musical performance skills, and were selected to compete in the finals:

Senior Division finalists:
• Birth of Cypress
• Cut Time
• False Puppet
• New Cats
• Windmill Vandals

Junior Division finalists:
• All Dudes and a Chick
• High Frequency
• Inner Fears
• Technical Difficulties
• The Catastrophes

These bands will compete in front of a panel of judges made up of local community members from the entertainment industry including JR Richards, front man and singer/songwriter for Dishwalla, Nick Gunn, multi-platinum recording artist, Alan Bailey, former Treasurer of Paramount Pictures and Darin Fiechter, owner of Live Culture Records.

The final competition will award the top 3 bands from each division a series of cash prizes as well as the exclusive opportunity for their band members to be mentored by a professional stage manager. Winning bands will also receive local media recognition for their bands, among many other prizes.

To find out more about the SBYMA Youth Battle of the Bands finalist bands and see photos from the auditions, visit http://www.sbyma.org. The Youth Battle of the Bands is a unique community event that recognizes and promotes the Santa Barbara City Council’s resolution of Youth as a #1 Priority. The 2010 Youth Battle of the Bands has so far been made possible through the generous support of the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, The Dreier Family Foundation, Pacific Capital Bancorp, Montecito Bank & Trust, Marborg Industries, Cox Communications, and the Rudi Shulte Family Foundation among other community supporters.  SBYMA would also like to thank the kids of the Santa Barbara Teen News Network, who were on site throughout the day of the auditions to shoot the bands in action. Visit the SBTNN website to view some amazing youth band performances from the auditions: http://www.sbtnn.com.

TICKET INFORMATION: General admission tickets for the finals are $10 or $5 with a valid Student ID. Children 12 and under are free. To purchase tickets call 805.895-4327. The Marjorie Luke Theatre is located at 721 E. Cota St, Santa Barbara Junior High School. To sign up a youth band, inquire about sponsoring or for more event information, contact (805) 895-4327 or
info@sbyma.org. All proceeds go either to funding the event, or to the SBYMA young musician’s scholarship fund.

About The Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy:
The SBYMA is a non-profit foundation and music school that provides academic training in music, performance mentoring and on-stage experience to youth up to and including the age of 18. SBYMA puts a special emphasis on the underprivileged and under-served families of Santa Barbara County. Our goal is to inspire our youth through music and the creative expression of music. We believe that music education and the passionate discipline associated with it should be an integral part of every child’s development and educational enrichment.

Contact Information
Ed Seaman or William Fiedtkou
805.845.4949 or 805.452.2768
info@sbyma.org
http://www.sbyma.org/
SBYMA is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity
All donations are fully deductible.

To All Battle of the Bands Artists and Families

Congratulations.  What happens on Saturday, October 2nd will be the first stage of a culmination of effort by a great many people that desire to promote and support music for youth in our community.  Although SBYMA is well represented by the bands we have participating, there will be many more unaffiliated youth bands that will compete that have nothing to do with our organization.   This is truly a community event.

Here is the parent and artist planning detail for the Battle of the Bands Preliminaries this week:

  1. On Thursday evening, Sep 30, 5:30, at Live Culture, time slots for auditions will be drawn out of a hat by each band’s representative.  If a band representative is not on hand for a particular band, the draw will be made on the band’s behalf.  If a band wants to swap a time slot with another band, this is allowed and Thursday evening is the only time provided to do it.  Friday morning, the schedule must be locked in granite for the event media and public relations.  The Senior Division will generally be judged in the morning and the Junior Division generally judged in the afternoon.  However, if, for example, a mid-morning Senior Division team swaps with a late afternoon Junior Division team, this is allowable.

2.        Please note that, before today, the Junior Division was to audition in the morning, and the Senior Division was to perform in the afternoon.   The late notice change is regrettable but necessary for scheduling reasons.

  1. The Senior Division bands will be expected to show up at the Marjorie Luke at 8:00 A.M. Saturday morning for a review of the rules and a briefing of how the day will progress.  The bands can disperse if they like until ½ hour before they play, when they are expected to be backstage and getting tuned up and ready to go on.  Any band member can be backstage at any time during the day, but no teachers, mentors or family members are allowed backstage AT ALL.  If a band member needs help, there will be adult professional assistance available from 7:30 a.m. until the end of the day.
  1. The Junior Division bands will be expected to show up at the Marjorie Luke at 12:00 noon for a review of the rules and briefing.  If a band slated for the afternoon chooses to show up at the morning review, this is allowed.  See item 3.
  2. Family and fans are welcome in the audience for the whole day; there is no admission, so as soon  as you know when your band is playing, let all family and friends know so they can be there to support the kids with a live, active audience.  THIS IS IMPORTANT!  Some of the bands will not make it to the finals; this is the time to show them how much they are appreciated.
  3. At least one band representative, and preferably the whole band, is expected to be back at the Marjorie Luke at 4:30 P.M. Saturday afternoon for the judge’s announcement of finalists.

Two final notes:
This is a competition that will happen only once a year.  This is the first year.  There may be conflicts with soccer or volleyball or some other such thing.  Send your regrets to the other such thing.  There are many soccer and volleyball games in a season, but only one Battle of the Bands that will showcase your kids in front of local Santa Barbara media and industry professionals.  Not that I expect any of our musicians to be the next JR Richards… but you never know.

And finally, some of the younger, newer bands will simply not be as good as the older bands that have been together longer.  It is our belief that the less polished and less experienced musicians will see the better bands and understand that something better is within their own reach, and they will be motivated to work harder to get to the next level.  Any band that doesn’t make it to the finals this year will know what it takes to get to the finals next year.   This is a great experience for the kids, please help us to make it as good as it can be.

Time to Rock the Luke,

Ed Seaman

Chairman of the Board

Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy

805.845.4949

805.858.0329

Judge Spotlight of the Week

This week we are featuring Nick Gunn, who, in addition to being on our judge panel for Battle of the Bands, is on SBYMA’s Board of Directors .

“Classically trained, and with a reputation as one of the world’s best selling flutists, Nicholas Gunn is in the upper echelon of contemporary instrumentalists. Having sold over two million albums, making him a double platinum artist, he is also the owner and CEO of Gemini Sun Records, based in Malibu, CA.” Here is what he has to say to the youth of Santa Barbara:

SBYMA: What motivated you to pursue a career in the music industry?

NG: I was fortunate to be able to have studied at the Royal School of Music at a very young age. This, of course, provided me with a firm base in music and it seemed natural as I got older that the only thing I was interested in pursuing was music. I began experimenting in writing and recording my own music in the late 80’s, early 90’s, and it was clear more then ever that this was my chosen path.

SBYMA:  Who were your favorite musicians when you were a teenager?

NG: Despite my classical background, my musical favorites are rooted firmly in rock legends such as Queen, ELO, Supertramp, Rush, and Journey to name a few. However, at the same time I was also extremely interested in experimental music, listening to such prolific artists as Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre. These artists gave me a broad understanding of all music types.

3. How has your taste of music evolved during your life?

It’s obvious to say my own personal music has evolved through my experiences. However, what remains consistent is that the bands and artists I was listening to in the beginning are as equally interesting to me today. Such modern bands as Muse and Keane, reminiscent of bands like Queen, are today some of my favorites.

SBYMA: If you were on a deserted island and you could only choose one album to keep you company, what would it be?

NG: Vangelis Themes.

SBYMA: If you could give an inspiring musician a few words of wisdom, what would they be?

NG: Nobody can make you a success other than yourself. Delve deeply into your music. Buy your own gear. Record and write your own music. Become your own producer. This way, it becomes uniquely yours and therefore impossible to be taken away.