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MHS Teen Band Selected As Semi-Finalist in National Competition

Marysville, Kansas — NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry, has selected Delinquent Scholars of Marysville High School to move on to the semi finals of the SchoolJam USA teen battle of the bands competition.

 The nationwide contest, sponsored by NAMM, is designed to encourage teen bands across the United States to demonstrate their musical talents and enjoy the many proven benefits of making music.

 Delinquent Scholars will be included in the Online voting portion of the competition, which begins November 1, 2009, at www.schooljamusa.com. The general public is encouraged to visit the site and vote for their favorite band. The top two bands in five designated regions that receive the most votes will be announced on Dec. 19, 2009, and will be invited to the live SchoolJam USA battle of the bands finals held at the NAMM Show on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, in Anaheim, Calif.

 The SchoolJam USA Battle of the Bands helps highlight the best and most talented teens across the country, while supporting the bands’ school music education programs. The winning band will receive $750 toward new musical equipment and could win a trip to perform at the SchoolJam Germany live finals in Frankfurt, Germany, at the MusikMesse trade fair. The top band’s school music program will also receive $5,000 toward new musical equipment purchased at their local NAMM Member retailer of choice. The competition is sponsored with the help of MENC, the national association for music education; the Music Education National Conference; Music For All; the John Lennon Educational Bus; SchoolJam and InTune Monthly magazine.

Delinquent Scholars is the name of the Popular Music Lab band at Marysville High School. Students learn to play, record, create, and perform music of different popular genre for the school, the community, and the world. The band members are Molly Cashier, David Glowacki, Jacob Hasenkamp, Ben Malotte, Tyler Nordhus, JT Smith, Bryton Stoll, Nicholas Stoll. Their teacher, Tobias Wood said, “The students are really finding themselves musically. There is a great energy when they rehearse.”

Bryton Stoll’s original song entitled “All Night Long” was recorded live during school. Wood said, “The group has only been playing together since September, but they recorded a great song with the help of Blue Valley Television and the MHS staff and student body. We now ask your help by going online. Vote early and often!”

About NAMM

NAMM is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads, and strengthens the international musical instruments and products industry. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit www.namm.org or call 800-767-NAMM (6266).

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