Local Teen Band Selected as Finalists in SchoolJam USA Battle of the Bands Competition!
December 9, 2009 — Jaci and Those Guys have made it to the finals! A conference call is planned for Thursday; more details will be available after the call. But for now the kids want to say:
“THANK EACH & EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR YOUR VOTES! IT WAS YOUR VOTING THAT HAS GIVEN US THE OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM ON A NATIONAL STAGE AGAINST 9 OTHERS REPRESENTING THE BEST TEEN BANDS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY!! WE WILL BE WORKING VERY HARD TO PREPARE FOR A GREAT SHOW AND REPRESENT THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS WELL! THANKS AGAIN FOR CARING ENOUGH TO TAKE THE TIME TO VOTE EACH AND EVERY TIME THAT YOU DID! OUR APPRECIATION IS BEYOND WORDS!!!! YYYIIIIPPPPEEEEEE!!!!”
JACI & THOSE GUYS
November 1, 2009— NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry, has selected Jaci and Those Guys, a teen band from the Rowlett, Royse City & Rockwall area to move on to the semi finals of the SchoolJam USA teen battle of the bands competition.
The nationwide contest, sponsored by NAMM, is designed to encourage teen bands across the United States to demonstrate their musical talents and enjoy the many proven benefits of making music.
Jaci and Those Guys will be included in the online voting portion of the competition, which begins November 1, 2009 and ends December 5, at 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 on Dec. 19, 2009, and will be invited to the live SchoolJam USA battle of the bands finals held at the NAMM Show on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, in Anaheim, Calif.
The SchoolJam USA Battle of the Bands helps highlight the best and most talented teens across the country, while supporting the bands’ school music education programs. 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, the young teen band sensation, 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 and from Royse City and Fate.
Jaci and Those Guys are getting local and national attention as they perform 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.
These talented young teens have been spending a lot of time working on writing original music because they are going into the studio in a few weeks to record an entire album. The only thing these young teens like to do as much as create new music and perform their music, is to use their music to help others and this what they do quite frequently. Just this fall alone, they have performed at 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. Since they had such huge support from their fans in the Slurpee contest, they are hoping their fans and the general public will support them again by going online to vote every day until December 5th, because this time it can help raise up to $5,000 or more for their school band program!
Teen Battle of the Bands Contest Aimed at Encouraging Music Making Among Teens and Helping School Music Programs.
NAMM is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the international musical instruments and products industry. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit www.namm.org or call 800-767-NAMM (6266).