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January 06, 2013

NAMM: Battle of the Teen Bands heads to Downtown Disney

During this year's NAMM 2013, teens from all across the country will get a chance to compete to be named "Best Teen Band in the USA" in a live contest at Downtown Disney District in Anaheim.

This live event will be co-hosted by “Twilight’s” Booboo Stewart & Sister, Fivel along with Channel One’s Scott Evans and will take place on Jan. 26, 2013

Chosen by a combination of public votes and a panel of music industry judges, eight teen bands across the U.S. will  compete at the live battle of the bands in the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, CA.

For the fourth year, SchoolJam USA highlights teens’ musical talent and promotes active participation in school music education programs, awarding more than $50,000 in cash and prizes to the finalist teen bands and their local school music programs.

Booboo Stewartof "The Twilight" movie series and his sister, Fivel, will co-host the event with Channel One News anchor Scott Evans. Fivel, who plays keyboard and vocals and Booboo who plays guitar and at times, drums will take a break from hosting to entertain the crowd with a selection of their original pop-rock hits.

“My sister Fivel and I have played instruments since we were little, and can’t imagine our lives without making music,” said actor/musician Booboo Stewart, who will co-host and perform. “When we heard about SchoolJam USA and the awesome opportunities it gives kids who want to play music, we knew we had to get involved. There’s so much talent in these bands. We’re excited to be part of a program that is making kids’ musical dreams come true.”

The 2013 SchoolJam USA finalists with links to bios, photography and demos, including original music are:
Beyond Doubt, Louisville, KY –
Cheating Daylight, Vacaville, CA –
Ergo We Play, Knoxville, TN –
Fools and Sages, Los Angeles, CA –
Harlem Shuffle, Salt Lake City, UT –
Premium Blend, San Diego, CA –
Romance of Thieves, San Francisco, CA -
Synergy, Springville, UT –

Each band is guaranteed to receive at least $1,000 in funding for their school music program, and the winning band will walk away with the grand prize, including the title of Best Teen Band in the USA, a trip to perform at the original SchoolJam festival in Frankfurt, Germany, a private music video recording session on the John Lennon Educational Bus, $1,000 toward the purchase of new gear and $5,000 for their school music program.

NAMM 2013 takes place January 24 -January 27

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