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Battle of the Bands: South Kitsap Out of Top 10, Kingston Makes the Cut

South Kitsap High School Marching Band has been upstaged in The Rock Woodfired Pizza Battle of the Bands by the Kingston High School Buccaneers, who came in second in the popular vote.

As one of the top 10 bands from across the state, the Bucs were judged this morning by four celebrity judges to determine if they receive a prize in the contest. The winner of the contest receives $10,000. Winners will be announced Monday morning on KZOK radio.

South Kitsap last year swept the popular vote and made it into the top 10. Judges picked Liberty High School as the winner; South Kitsap High School placed third.

The South Kitsap band, which marched in the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade, pledged that if they won, they would donate the money during this year’s Relay for Life. “The community has supported us on getting to the Tournament of Roses Parade and it is only just for us to show them our gratitude. Of course if we do not place in the competition, we will still be participating in the event and raising money any way we can,” said drum major Paulla Santos.

Paulla commented on Kingston’s accomplishment, as well as South Kitsap’s failure to make it into the top 10 for the first time since the contest began three years ago.

Here’s Paulla:
“Hi there Mrs. Henry! Yes I have heard the results and we are perfectly fine with it:) It is obvious that we did not push the votes this year since last year we out voted everyone by a large margin..We have done a lot of amazing things so far and nothing can top the rose bowl and a day from the governor. To be in the top ten, u simply just need to acquire votes. This is kind of disheartening that it is not based on the music of the overall program, but its a contest to have fun with videos and raise spirit:) As far as the money and planning on giving it back to the community, we are still participating in Relay For Life with at least 2 or 3 teams ^.^”

SK Has Competition from Kingston in Battle O’ Bands

Members of the South Kitsap High School Marching Band, resting on their laurels after a marathon performance in the 2010 Rose Parade, may want to take note of some competition on the horizon in their own backyard.

The Kingston High School Buccaneer Marching Band is proving itself a force to be reckoned with. The band, formed three years when the high school opened, has entered the annual Battle of the Bands, sponsored by KZOK and The Rock Wood-Fired Pizza & Spirits. As of Thursday, they were in sixth place in the preliminary round of the contest, involving online voting via text messages.

The top 10 bands will be determine by online voting — up to 10 text messages per phone per day are allowed. The winner will be chosen Feb. 5 by a panel of judges. South Kitsap and Kingston are among 33 Washington high schools competing for a chance to win $10,000. The runner-up band wins $5,000. The band that shows the most spirit and effort will earn $2,500.

If I’m not mistaken, Kitsap County is unique in having two bands in the contest.

Let’s look at how things have gone so far for South Kitsap in the Battle of the Bands. Year One, 2008: The band is among the finalists and its performance of a medley of Beatles tunes, including “Magical Mystery Tour,” is included on a CD from the contest. Online voting that year was disrupted by a hacker. Year two, 2009: South Kitsap wins the popular vote hands down, but the panel of judges picks Liberty High School as the winner, placing SK third. That $10,000 would have so come in handy for the Rose Parade trip. Sign band director, Gary Grrrrrams.

This year, South Kitsap is at the top of its game, with a video performance of Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a bad Name,” the same song they played block after block at the Rose Parade. Kingston, meanwhile, has stepped out with their video version of “Radar Love” by Golden Earring.

Check out both videos below, then exercise your rights as a citizen of the United States of Kitsap. Text to 24300. If you favor South Kitsap, vote rock28 (no spaces, hyphens etc). If you’re rooting for the underdog, Kingston, type in rock10. Or split your 10 votes per day. Heck, I don’t care. But whatever you do, show your Kitsap colors. After all, we are THE Washington hotbed of bands that rock. No?

South Kitsap High School – “You Give Love a Bad Name”

Kingston High School Band – “Radar Love”

Rose Parade Videos

Here’s a video of the band posted on YouTube by Rachel Brown’s dad Shihan Brown (hope I have your first name correct). This one is cool because it shows an aerial view and their sharp corners.

Here’s the video posted with the Kitsap Sun’s coverage of Parade Day.And here’s one more from YouTube. The SKHS Band performs “You Give Love A Bad Name” by Bon Jovi. Video is for KZOK’s “School of the Rock Battle of the Bands 3.” Video made by SKHS Video Production.