GROOVE U Launches The Central Ohio High School Battle of the Bands

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (November 16, 2012) — Calling all central Ohio high school music
performers. Do you have what it takes to become the next big thing? If so, GROOVE U is
now accepting submissions for the 2013 Instaband contest. The winning artist not only
gets bragging rights as the best high school band in Columbus, but also wins a recording
contract complete with a professionally mastered EP, a music video, a website, booking
support, merchandise and a mentoring session with a music industry pro. That’s what
Instaband is about, becoming an instant band, and boosting your artistry to the next level.
But more than that, Instaband encourages youth to create and perform their own music.
And that’s why GROOVE U students have selected three music-centric Columbus
nonprofits – the Dick & Jane Project, Music Loves Ohio and Through Mind’s Eyes – to
benefit from Instaband proceeds.

“GROOVE U believes in the power of the local music community, and we see a real need
for local high school artists to engage that community,” said Dwight Heckelman, Director
of GROOVE U’s revolutionary music career program. “It is a natural fit for us to have our
students produce Instaband as a way to help build community, plus it’s a great hands-on
learning experience, which is part of our DNA here at GROOVE U. Not to mention the
direct tie-in to these great nonprofits which support music programs for local kids.”
1300 Forsythe Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201 P: (614) 291-6122
Instaband is open to all central Ohio high school bands, duos, and solo artists in all genres,
including: pop, rock ‘n roll, metal, rap, metal, hip-hop, singer/songwriter, country, trance/
electronica, Christian/gospel, etc. Visit the Instaband website at for
official contest rules, submission instructions and important deadlines.
Beginning in February, 30 bands selected by an independent panel of judges will compete
in one of three semi-finals held at GROOVE U. The top three bands from each semi-final,
plus one fan-voted “wild card” band, will advance to the Instaband final. Bands will be
judged on musicality, performance, style and creativity, with winners determined by 50%
expert panel of judges and 50% audience vote.

We haven’t left the fans out. Doors open early at each semi-final and the final for fans to
experience the Instafan expo. Music stores, skate shops, tattoo artists and other sponsors
will be on hand. Fans can try out music instruments, talk with recording studios, play video
games, get a fake tattoo and hang with the bands.
Instaband offers something for everyone, whether you want to participate as a band,
attend as a fan or exhibit at the Instafan expo. Get the schedule of events and learn how
to get involved by visiting the Instaband website at


GROOVE U is a revolutionary two-year music business career program located in
Columbus, Ohio. Led by 20-year music industry veteran Dwight Heckelman, GROOVE U
focuses on a career-centered approach to learning developed by active industry
professionals. The guiding philosophy of the program is that the music industry is
creatively engaged, apprenticeship-based and relationship-driven. The full-time program
offers small, personalized classes with both a broad, solid foundation and specialized
areas of study in: live music, production, business, video and interactive. The school
officially opened its brand new 30,000-square foot campus in September, with rolling
admissions continuing throughout the fall.