Press Release

June 6, 2017

Students Use Arts Festival as a Classroom

COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 6, 2017) - This weekend students at GROOVE U’s two-year music industry career program will be seen on stage and off performing, managing and running sound at the Columbus Arts Festival. The Emerging Talent stage, situated at the corner of Town Street and Civic Center Drive will highlight young emerging artists in the local Columbus area. Performers include GROOVE U students, alumni and high school finalists from GROOVE U’s annual Instaband, High School Battle of the Bands competition that took place last February. 

“Columbus is a great city for young, emerging talents and we are delighted that the Arts Festival can provide a hands-on learning experience for Groove U students,” said Tom Katzenmeyer, President and CEO of the Greater Columbus Arts Council. “And our Festival patrons get the benefit of seeing these young rising stars perform.”  

The partnership between GROOVE U and The Columbus Arts Festival not only provides programming and technical support for an additional stage but more importantly presents valuable internship opportunities for GROOVE U students. Students enrolled at GROOVE U complete two (2), one-hundred hour internships during their educational career, just one of many aspects of the program that prepares students for a hands-on career in the music industry.

Headlining the stage on Saturday evening is Time Out, a 3-piece rock band hailing Hilliard Darby High School. The group placed 1st in GROOVE U’s 2016 Instaband Battle of the Bands competition. 

“We are excited to be back on the Groove U stage- the crew does  an awesome job!  We have some new songs we can't wait to play for our fans” said Ryan Gunter, the group’s lead singer.

Earlier that evening, fans can catch the 2017 Instaband grand prize winner, Cousin Simple from St. Charles Preparatory School. The full weekend line-up can be viewed at

The Columbus Arts Festival is just one of many community projects GROOVE U students receive class credit for. Past projects and sponsored externships include Food Truck Festival, Breakaway Festival, Independent’s Day Festival, Pecha Kucha nights, and Quarterhorse Congress. 

GROOVE U is also gearing up for the relocation of its campus to the multi-million dollar, class-leading studio currently operating as Circa Music. Students will begin fall term at the new campus in just a few miles away in Dublin. For a 360 tour of the campus visit