A local teen band was recently selected as a semi-finalist in a national battle-of-the-bands competition sponsored by NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry.
Jaci and Those Guys, composed of teens from the Rowlett, Royse City and Fate, was selected to move on to the semi-finals of the SchoolJam USA teen competition.
Jaci and Those Guys will be included in the online voting portion of the competition, which began Nov. 1, 2009 and ends Dec. 5, at www.schooljamusa.com.
The general public is encouraged to visit the site and vote for their favorite band. The top two bands in five designated regions that receive the most votes will be announced Dec. 19, and will be invited to the live SchoolJam USA battle of the bands finals held at the NAMM Show Jan. 16 in Anaheim, CA.
The winning band will receive $750 toward new musical equipment and could win a trip to perform at the SchoolJam Germany live finals in Frankfurt, Germany, at the MusikMesse trade fair.
The top band’s school music program will also receive $5,000 toward new musical equipment purchased at their local NAMM Member retailer of choice. The competition is sponsored with the help of MENC, the national association for music education; the Music Education National Conference; Music For All; the John Lennon Educational Bus; SchoolJam and InTune Monthly magazine.
Jaci and Those Guys consists of lead vocalist, Jaci Butler, a 13-year-old Rowlett teen; lead guitarist Matt Venhaus, bass player Jason Savage, rhythm guitarist Chad Ragsdale and drummer Trevor Quiett, all 16-17 years old from Royse City and Fate.
The band has received local and national attention as they have performed throughout the Dallas Area. Recent accomplishments include winning two local battle of the band competitions, playing at the House of Blues, and taking 2nd place in the nation in the slurpee.com BOTB contest sponsored by the 7-Eleven Corporation.
They have also performed at such benefits such as Local Euphoria to help raise money and awareness for cystic-fibrosis, the Rowlett Relay for Life to raise money for the National Cancer Society, and the Living for Zachary Benefit in Plano, to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest in teens.
To learn more about the band and hear their music, visit www.myspace.com/jacibutler.
From this site you can go to the SchoolJam USA box, and click on “VOTE FOR US” to go directly to www.schooljam.com to vote.