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Teen Battle of the Bands to benefit music program
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The next great band from Forsyth County could be showing their stuff later this month.

On Saturday, July 28 from 5-8 p.m., officials with the local nonprofit Music4Chief will host their second annual Battle of the Bands at 6410Events, 6410 Hwy. 400. The event is open to middle and high school students and will benefit the music education for in-need and at-risk youth of the same age.

“It’s just a lot of fun,” said Pam Sherlock with Music4Chief. “It’s a great way for the community, families to spend a summer Saturday night together and live music. It’s all to benefit teenagers in the county. Everybody has a passion for music and we’re gathering up to help everybody get into it.”

The first place winner will receive a prize of $200 and six hours of recording with Arcology Music, and second place will come away with $100.

Sherlock said learning music not only helps clients with other education but also gives them a life-long skill.

“Music, it’s just a gift that you can have that will never be taken away from you,” Sherlock said, “and I feel like it’s something that can give less privileged children something they can be proud of and always have for themselves regardless of the circumstances that are anywhere.”

As of Friday, three bands were scheduled to perform and there was room for more. The competition is open to bands from Forsyth and surrounding counties.

“We have space for one or two more, so we’re always looking for others,” Sherlock said. “We have one other band that had a member compete last year, but the guys have aged out, so they’re coming to perform as our guest performer.”

The event will also include food trucks, other food vendors and prize giveaways.

Bands interested in playing can sign up at Music4Chief.com.

Tickets are $10 and on sale online and or cash-only at the door.