Get Ready to Battle! Kick-off Challenges Corporate Bands To Compete

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Bill Jordan, Field Commander
MIX 101.5’s Bill Jordan (left) serves as Kick-off Field Commander for the Battle launch event.

Soldiers, camouflage and guitars recently collided on downtown Durham.   No, an Army base isn’t moving to the Bull City, the 2008 Triangle Corporate Battle of the Bands invaded American Tobacco to officially announce the third annual installment of the head-to-head competition.

The 2008 Triangle Corporate Battle of the Bands will take place on Saturday, May 24, 2008, at the American Tobacco Campus Amphitheatre.

The Loreleis from UNC provide musical entertainment for the rockin’ event.

McKinney and American Tobacco are the major sponsors for the event the advertising firm created in 2006.  The theme for the 2008 competition will literally be a battle.  A life-size, living toy soldier helped MIX 101.5’s Bill Jordan open the kick-off event.

The past two battles have raked in over $200,000 for Durham charities.  The inaugural battle benefited the SeeSaw Studios, which provides an after school safe haven, teaching kids not just about design, but about leadership and life skills.  Last year’s battle supported Communities in Schools of Durham, which is focusing on slashing Durham’s drop out rate by 50% in five years.

Kick-off attendees
Guests fill the McKinney space at American Tobacco for the kick-off.
Paul Pope & Toy Soldier
ATC’s Paul Pope (left) revisits his enlisted days with the Battle soldier.
Brad Brinegar
McKinney CEO Brad Brinegar welcomes the crowd and announces the Center for Children & Family Health as the charity to be benefited by the 2008 Battle.

The 2008 event will help battle the critical need and hard to imagine situation of children traumatized by sexual abuse, violent crimes and abandonment.  This Battle will raise funds for the Center for Children and Family Health, whose mission is to stop the cycle of hurting and start the cycle of healing for abused children.

screen soldier
The theme for the 2008 Triangle Corporate Battle of the Bands is literally a battle.

“Remember some companies walk for charity,” said Jordan.  “Some companies run.  But only the coolest companies rock for charity.”

The podium got heated as CBC VP & American Tobacco General Manager Paul Pope threw down a challenge to McKinney Chairman & CEO Brad Brinegar.  Pope announced that CBC’s band Transmit This will once again rock the stage as a participant, so Brinegar pledged McKinney would put a band on stage as well.  Sports Media of Durham has already committed to provide a band as well.

2008 Battle logoWant to Rock The Stage?
To enter a band, there are a couple of rules that you need to know.

Rule #1. Fame comes at a price. Entry into the Battle is $3,500.

Rule #2. In addition to your entry fee of $3,500, your band must provide one major raffle/door prize.

Rule # 3. Your band must have a minimum of three members and a maximum of 10.

Paul Pope
CBC’s Paul Pope throws down the gauntlet, offering up CBC’s Transmit This as a competitor.
Kick-off attendees
Guests enjoy the kick-off.

Rule # 4. Your band may have a member or members from a client or associate company, but the majority of the band members must be on your company’s payroll.

Rule # 5. Each band will perform one 12-minute set. 

Rule # 6. You will be judged on Creativity, Originality, and Performance. Points are deducted for going over the 12 minutes, so less is definitely more in this competition!

Rule # 7. This year’s winners for 1st, and 2nd and 3rd place will be decided by a combination of judges scores and the audiences pick of the night’s top three bands.

The band entries are first come, first serve. Once we receive your official entry and your entry fee, you are on the bill and on you’re way to becoming the Triangle’s latest rock export.

To sign up, download the application form on the Triangle Battle of the Bands website

Battle sign
It’s official: The 2008 Triangle Corporate Battle of the Bands will take place on May 24, 2008.
The Loreleis rock a few songs of their own.
Brad Brinegar & Bill Jordan
The Battle is on: McKinney’s Brad Brinegar (l to r) joins the Toy Soldier & MIX’s Bill Jordan.

Sponsor the Battle and Help The Center of Children and Family Health
The following sponsorships are available:

  • Donna Potter
    Donna Potter from the Center of Children & Family Health explains the mission of CCFH.
    Mark Schmidt
    Cyberlux President & COO Mark Schmidt is Corporate Sponsorship Chairman for the 2008 Battle.

    Bronze Sponsors at the $2500 dollar level.

  • Silver Sponsors at the $5000 level.
  • Join American Tobacco and McKinney as Gold Sponsors at the $10,000 level.
  • Become the presenting sponsor for $20,000…. which means in rock terms that you are the granddaddy of all sponsors!!!!

With each corporate sponsorship level gets you premium seats at the event, logo recognition, ads in the program and other good stuff.

To become a sponsor, complete the sponsorship form on the Triangle Battle of the Bands website  or contact Corporate Sponsorship Chairman Mark Schmidt, the President and COO of Cyberlux at (919) 474 9700.

Thanks to ATC’s Valerie Ward for these capcom photos.


POSTED: December 3, 2007

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