The Paradise Valley Community College Battle of the Bands encourages aspiring high school and college aged musicians to work on their craft and to continue to make original music. As sponsor of the event, the Commercial Music Program at Paradise Valley Community College supports these goals by providing an opportunity to the participating bands to perform live in a number of venues, to be critiqued by professional musicians, and for select groups to receive free recording time in the school's recording facilities. The project culminates in the production of a full-length CD.
In turn, the project provides a unique opportunity for the students taking courses in the Commercial Music Program by allowing them to participate at all levels in the development and production of the live concerts and CD. Students taking live sound classes work on the sound reinforcement needs for shows in two venues. Students taking studio recording classes engineer, edit, and assist in the mixing of the recording sessions. Lastly, students in the music business program work on elements of promotion, copyright, and concert production.
The project is an important tool used to support the creation of original music and to train the next generation of music business professionals.