Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands 2013-2014The 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.

Now in its thirteenth year, the project is an important tool used to support the creation of original music and to train the next generation of music business professionals.

2014-2015 Battle of the Bands at PVCC

The Music Department and the Commercial Music Program are pleased to announce the thirteenth edition of this exciting project.  Area bands of all genres that write original music are encouraged to apply. Click to download an Application here and the competition guidelines here. The deadline for submissions is September 24th, 2014.

Application materials can be submitted in person to the Fine & Performing Arts division secretary, located on the first floor of M-East Building, by fax at 602-787-6674, or via email to Dr. Brett Reed.

For additional information about the Battle of the Bands, contact Dr. Brett Reed or by phone at 602-787-6554.


September 24, 2014: Application materials due

October 4, 2014 at 12:00pm: Live Audition Round 1, CPA Outdoor Amphitheater

November - December 2014 (Date/Time TBD): Pre-production meetings with selected bands, including songwriting workshops,
copyright and publishing workshops, band photo shoot, recording studio tour and practice suggestions.

February - April 2015: Recording sessions

May 8, 2015 at 7:30pm: Battle of the Bands Winners Concert at PVCC, Center for the Performing Arts Mainstage Theater