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Battle of the bands
by Katie Brinager, Staff Writer

"Check, check, one, two, three," is a famous warm up phrase to make sure a band's equipment is set up correctly and sounding great. Next thing one hears is the students screaming and cheering for the band to come on stage. Local clubs such as Peabody's Down Under have previously held a Battle of the Bands, but on November 19, 2003, there will be a "battle" on the West Geauga Middle School stage starting at 7:00 p.m. As a fundraising idea, the student council's Class of 2005 decided that a music show would be a bigger hit than selling candy and it would be taking a step up from their summer carwashes. The show will consist of five bands, playing fifteen to twenty minutes or about three or four songs. Some bands already in the competition are "This Fail Safe Lie," "The Plain Deal," "The Mitties," "Fool's Paradise" and the band formerly known as "Lifting Carts," as of press time. All the musicians will compete to win a $100 dollar gift certificate to Guitar Center. The decision makers in the contest are you, the West G student body! After all the bands have played, the audience will applaud for each group and the band with the loudest clapping wins. That's why student council needs every one to come out and support the event. Tickets will be three dollars for presale and five dollars at the door. This event is open to everyone so bring the family! Certain bands will be bringing back former West G. graduates like Dave Koen, singing lead vocals for the " Lifting Carts," and Bill DePetro, singing for "This Fail Safe Lie." Dan Butters is recovering from knee surgery yet plans on performing with the "Lifting Carts."
It has taken a lot of hard work to get this event in order. Junior class president, Robbie Goehrke had to follow many procedures like filling out a permit, a fundraiser form, an insurance form and even calling up the Chesterland Police to supervise the occasion. There will be a concession stand open during the ten minute intermission, including drinks and baked goods. Posters will be made for around school along with flyers around town. "In the words of Dave Flood, this night is gonna rock your face!," comments Robbie.

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