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Battle of the Bands raises $2,000 for senior trip

February 21, 1998|By CLYDE FORD

by Richard T. Meagher / staff photographer

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battle of the bandsBattle of the Bands raises $2,000 for senior trip

Ryan Orndorff pounded on his bass guitar as the crowd of teenagers danced in front of the stage Saturday at North Hagerstown High School's auditorium.

"It was pretty nice," the 21-year-old Bakerton, W.Va., man said after the performance. "They had a good crowd."

About 200 people attended Saturday's Battle of the Bands to see groups with names like Homegrown Soul, Decaying Torment and Metal Militia perform.

Eric Wyckoff, 17, a senior at North High and a guitar player in Homegrown Soul, said it was the third Battle of the Bands he's been in. He's performed with a different band each year.

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"It was a lot of fun. I always have a lot of fun doing it," he said.

"It's the only gig around we had to work for," Wyckoff said.

Wyckoff said the group played five songs they wrote themselves and two covers. They planned to end with the big drum solo, but then they looked over to the stage manager, who signaled them that they still had to perform for 15 minutes.

"We were just making it up at the end," he said with a laugh.

The event raised about $2,000 for the senior class field trip, though the destination has not yet been selected.

"It's a nice thing to do as a fundraiser because everyone from town could come," said Natalie Friton, 18, a senior at North High.

Friton said the Battle of the Bands has been a fundraiser for her class for years and when they graduate they plan to pass it on to this year's junior class. Last year, as juniors, her class used the fundraiser to make money for the school prom.

"So far it's been great. I think it's neat the senior class could do this," said Jessica Broadwater, 17, a senior at North High.

"It was a phat show," said Emily Giles, 14, an eighth-grader at Northern Middle School.

Leah Borell, 14, also an eighth-grader at Northern Middle, said she'd like to see more programs like Saturday's.

"As long as they had good bands. And they should let us mosh," Borell said, referring to the boisterous "dancing" where teenagers slam their bodies into each other while jumping up and down.

There may not have been moshing, but there was dancing in front of the stage as Homegrown Soul played their mix of soul-funk-and-rock music.

"I just felt like dancing," said Lisa Jackson, 18, a senior at North High.

Krista Chester, 18, a senior at North High, said that she was not interested in the other groups after watching her favorite band, Homegrown Soul, play.

"I saw all I needed to see," she said.

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