Ten Loudoun teen bands faced off Friday night in the final round of the 2018 Loudoun Youth Battle of the Band competition. StoneCold was the first to take the stage at the Tally Ho Theater and when the night ended they went home with the $500 grand prize.
The all-girl rock band returned to win the contest after a strong showing in 2017. StoneCold’s members are Gina and Nadia Daly of Stone Hill Middle School and Kaelin Fannon of River Bend Middle School along with Lauren Moore of Loudoun County High School and Emily Caudill of Dominion High School.
Second place was Suburbia, a hard funk band made up of Potomac Falls High School students Ethan Farmer, Nikolai Rabin, Tommy Kowalski and Will Salzmann. They were awarded $300 and a half day of studio time at Blue Room.
Shreve Mill took home the Fan Favorite award.Bandmates Connor Prugh, Sean Hillis, Zach Steele, Tanner Collins and Ryan Teer are students at Heritage High School. They received $150 and a half day of studio time at Blue Room. Other finalists in this year’s competition were Alaska and Aurora, Kage, Charming Slacker, Lejitsu, Excision, Spiral Staircase and Never Born to Follow. Best Original Song was also awarded to Alaska and Aurora for their original song Wanderlust. They were awarded a two-hour songwriting workshop with Todd Wright of Half King Music.
“The talent of these middle and high school bands is astounding,” stated Michelle Jones, program director at Loudoun Youth Inc., which puts on the annual competition. “To be able to support our youth here in Loudoun by giving them a venue to express themselves and show off their abilities is so important. We’re thrilled by the support of the community at events like Battle of the Bands!”