Voting starts now! Local student musicians in Battle of Bands

That’s the Chief Sealth International High School band’s entry (Jimi!) in a new online Battle of the Bands – the only Seattle contender – and starting right this moment, your vote can help them win. Director Marcus Pimpleton explains:

The Chief Sealth Band is participating in KZOK’s Battle of the Bands competition, in which the winning high school band will receive a $10,000 grand prize. The first round of the judging is based on votes texted in from listeners. We are encouraging everyone to text their vote to help the Chief Sealth Band make it into the finals. Sealth is the only Seattle Public School participating in this year’s contest, so we are encouraging all Seattle residents to rally around this band. Much of the Chief Sealth Band’s inventory is also used by the Seattle All-City Band, so a win for Sealth is a win for All-City.

To support the Sealth Band, text “rock8” to 24300. The system will accept up to 10 votes from the same number per day, so please text ten times a day every day for the next month. Voting begins (this morning) and runs to December 15th. Following the first round of judging, a panel of judges will ultimately judge the video submissions on their musicianship to choose the winning band, but we need texted votes to make it into the final round of judging.

Videos of the high school bands participating [editor’s note, including the one we embedded above] are available online at and will begin appearing on Comcast on Demand next month.

7 Replies to "Voting starts now! Local student musicians in Battle of Bands"

  • ellenater November 15, 2010 (8:49 am)

    That is SO incredibly awesome. You’ve got my vote. I also loved “Sir Duke” at KEXP’s WS Hood-Hood. Go Sealth!!!!

  • Kelly November 15, 2010 (2:24 pm)

    Lookin’ sharp, Sealth!

  • d November 15, 2010 (4:36 pm)

    So tight!

    This is excellence!


  • me on 28th Ave SW November 15, 2010 (5:07 pm)

    This is so exciting. I will getting my 10 votes in every day!

  • d November 15, 2010 (5:23 pm)

    the last link isn’t working.

  • Marcus Pimpleton November 24, 2010 (2:47 pm)

    I would like to thank everyone that has been sending their 10 texts per day. We have received our first email update and the Chief Sealth Band is in the top 10. This is important because only the top 10 bands will have their audio recordings considered for the $10,000.00 prize.

    Please keep up with the texting as I am pretty sure that now that an update has been sent out, the bands in the bottom 23 will be stepping up their efforts. To support the Sealth Band please text rock8 to 24300. The system will accept 10 votes from the same number per day. The system resets itself at 9:00 pm nightly.

    Go Seahawks!


  • Marcus Pimpleton December 14, 2010 (11:40 pm)

    Today is the last day to get your votes texted in. Please text rock8 to 24300 and do it ten times today.

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