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White River H.S. Band's 'Tainted Love' in Running for $10,000 Battle of the Bands Prize

The school is one of several taking part in The Rock, Wood Fired Pizza & Spirit's 5th Annual Battle of the Bands competition this year.

The White River High School band has submitted its rendition of 'Tainted Love' by Soft Cell to the 5th Annual Battle of the Bands contest hosted by The Rock, Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits, and it needs your votes between now and December 2 in order to win the first prize of $10,000.

White River is one of 28 high school bands in the Pacific Northwest to participate in this contest.

The pizza restaurant chain partners with a 102.5 KZOK, CBS Seattle and Xfinity to award more than $20,000 through its nonprofit Schools of The Rock Battle of the Bands program to high school marching bands for their video renditions of classic rock-and-roll hits, according to a contest press release.

First prize this year is $10,000. The second place winner receives $3,500, third place receives $1,000 and four runners up each get a pizza party. Three divisional winners will each also be awarded $1,000 for receiving the most text votes within their division, determined by school size. Plus The Rock will also award one school with a $1,000 Best Video award.

The contest began in September and the bands submitted their videos by the end of October. Voting by text began on November 14 and continues through December 2. The top 10 schools that received the most votes will be announced on December 5.

In mid-December, a panel of celebrity judges will review the 10 finalists and rank them based on quality of musicianship, originality of arrangement and song choice, technical ability and overall performance.

The winner will be announced live at school on December 17.

Previous winners have included Puyallup High School in 2009 and 2010, Liberty High School in 2008 and Shorecrest High School in 2007. 

To check out White River's entry and support your local school, go to http://therocksbotb.org/category/all-battles/ to view all videos. Then, to vote for White River, text 'ROCK27' to 24300 (one text per day per phone). 

Follow Battle of the Bands on Facebook at www.facebook.com/therocksbotb

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