Teenage Battle of the Bands Huge Success

The group “Something Else” walked away with first prize in the first Annual Battle of the Teenage Bands at the Canadian Bass Championship Sunday night, but the real winners were those in attendance. “The music was just excellent,” said organizer June Caul. “The kids really loved the music and the crowd participation was also very good.”

Despite threatening skies, over 300 fans and followers crowded under the huge dome tent at the Sort Gap Marina to take in the Rock ‘n Roll music and the Much Music Dance Party (above). The event was part of the plan to provide more activities for teenagers at the Canadian Bass Championship. Directors Diane Maxey and June Caul have introduced an expanded slate of activities at the community festival which will be of interest to the entire family.

Band members of “Something Else” are: Cody McCool and Patrick Bobczinski on guitar, Zack McCool on drums, Ryan Shortreed vocal and Dayton Brown on base. The McCools, Shortreed and Brown were also awarded ‘Best in Their Class’ by the judges. Amazingly, all members of the group have just graduated from grade eight and all of the pieces they played were written by the group.

The second and third place bands were “Remaining Wing” from Fort Frances and “Counting Zero” from Rainy River.