Music & Arts, Other Top Music Companies, and Area Businesses Host “Battle of the Bands” July 21

Nine bands from across the country will compete for grand prizes and championship title:

Well-known national music companies, Music & Arts, Woodwind & Brasswind, and Fender, will partner with local businesses, Flying Dog Brewery and Champion Billiards Sports Bar, to host the 2nd annual Battle of the Bands competition on July 21 in Frederick, MD. “As the largest school instrument retailer and music lesson provider in the country, we started this competition to not only showcase new talent, but to reflect our passion and knowledge of music,” said Renier Fee, director of marketing, Music & Arts. The competition will feature 9 bands from across the country playing in a range of genres. Competing bands will be flown in to compete for the championship title and grand prizes.

What: 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands competition

Who: Sponsored by: Music & Arts and Woodwind & Brasswind

Presented by: Fender, Flying Dog Brewery, and Champion Billiards Sports Bar

Competition judges:

Gary Allen, Champion Billiards Sports Bar; Rohry Flood, Flying Dog Brewery; Dean Herman, Fender; Andrew Moore, D’Addario; LeeLee Hunter, Music & Arts

Competing Bands:

Blame the Youth, Charlotte, N.C.; Celeste ‘Al Descent, San Antonio, Tx.; Cyrenic, Frederick, Md.; Lenore Lenoire, Baltimore, Md.; Letterbox, Baltimore, Md.; Magnetic North, Middletown, Del.; Raise The Kicks, Mamaroneck, N.Y.; Shade Parade, Woodbridge, Va.; Signs Point East, Frederick, Md.

When: Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Champion Billiards Sports Bar, 5205 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, MD 21704

*Professional video and photography will be available upon request

About Music & Arts

The first Music & Arts, run by founder Benjamin O’Brien, opened in 1952 and was located in a small house in Bethesda, MD. Still run by the O’Brien family today, Music & Arts now has more than 500 retail and affiliate locations, 120 educational representatives and 33,000 lesson students making it the nation’s largest school music retailer and lesson provider. Now based in Frederick, MD, the company of trained musicians offers friendly service for everything musical in your life including instruments, lessons, rentals and repairs. Visit for more information.

About Woodwind & Brasswind

Woodwind & Brasswind – your band and orchestra authority – offers thousands of products to musicians and music educators all over the world, through online, phone and catalog channels. For almost 40 years, the company has provided expert advice, superior customer service and competitive pricing for all band and orchestra needs.

About Fender

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors, whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® fretted instruments, Jackson®, EVH® and Charvel® among others.

About Flying Dog Brewery

Flying Dog is the largest brewery in Maryland. Their award-winning “litter of ales” are available in 46 states and 27 countries. The Flying Dog Brewery is located at 4607 Wedgewood Blvd., just off English Muffin Way and MD Hwy 85 in Frederick, MD. Flying Dog’s core values of “purposeful, provocative and irreverence” flow through the veins of the brewery’s founding owners George Stranahan and Richard McIntyre. George and Richard were friends with the “Gonzo Journalist” Hunter S. Thompson, who coined the brand’s tagline “Good People Drink Good Beer,” and also with the “Gonzo Artist” Ralph Steadman, who illustrates the brand’s packaging.

About Champion Billiards Sports Bar

Champion Billiards Sports Bar opened its doors in Frederick on 2002. Since then, we have provided our guests with a unique experience in dining and entertainment. By day, bring the family for lunch and dine in our large dining area or enjoy a meal outside on our covered and heated private patio. By night, we will entertain you and your friends in a nightlife atmosphere. Voted Best of Frederick’s 2015 and 2016 1st Place Sports Bar, Dance Club, and Billiards.

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