The first-ever CBC Battle of the Bands proved to be a success with a total of over $500 in ticket sales, not including donations.
“I was really impressed by the amount of people that showed up for the event with it being after the homecoming basketball games and with everyone being here all day,” said senior Sydney Hawkins, President’s Leadership Council member. “I think the bands did a super good job and I think we raised some good money.”
Four of the five bands were comprised of students with one made up of staff.
“I knew the guys that I was getting to help me were experienced musicians and that they could get it down with just a few run-throughs. The hard work comes with the experience,” said lead singer and guitarist of PB&J Preston Jones, personal admissions officer for CBC.
PB&J was comprised of Brently Spencer, Justin Moore and Jones, all of whom are CBC employees. The group quickly stole the show with their cover of “Taking Care of Business” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Although their song was a hit, it was their surprise of throwing Uncrustable sandwiches into the crowd that likely named them the crowd favorite.
“Justin teasingly suggested that we make PB&J sandwiches to give to the judges, and then the thought of throwing out Uncrustables came to my mind,” said Jones. “I went to Sam’s Friday night before the battle and got 36 Uncrustables.”
Other groups held surprises such as “Bless the Raines” who dedicated their song to Stephen Raines, associate professor of history.
“I enjoy playing secular music every now and then. It’s different, but it’s good to change it up,” said senior Drew Brewer who led “Welcome To Chapel.”
All of the bands provided students with entertainment that rocked homecoming weekend. The event held enough success that the PLC says they look to continue the tradition next year.
“This is set up to become an annual event,” said Hawkins.
Photos by Mallory Sullivan