Northwest NEWS

February 18, 2002

Entertainment

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'Battle' benefited music department

by Lisa Allen
   Valley View Editor
   DUVALL—The Battle of the Bands generated over $3,000 for the Cedarcrest High School music department, according to Kathy Nelson of Main Street Music.com, one of the sponsors.
   Over 500 people attended the concert, which took place the evening of Feb. 9 at Cedarcrest High School. It is the major fund-raiser for the year for the music department.
   "The $3,000 was after expenses," she said. "Most people donated their time, and $4,000 worth of prizes for the bands was also donated. It was a great experience for everybody."
   Nelson said Rick Bos, who is employed by Digitec, donated the prizes. Bos has a daughter in one of the bands.
   First prize was a set of JBL speakers, won by the band Private Stock. Roundabout finished in second place, winning a 16-channel mixing board. After Dust came in third and Weaklink was fourth.
   Roundabout, a favorite local band, celebrated the release of their first CD, Drift, at the event.
   Roundabout is comprised of Cedarcrest grads Tim Borquez, Brandon and Devin Bazemore and Mike Rapson. The band was selected as "Seattle's Best Original Pop Band" last spring. The group has generated a considerable following in the last couple of years.
   Woodinville resident Amanda Leib, 14, who attended the concert, said she noticed several people who apparently came just to hear the four musicians play.
   "I saw a big group of people who came when Roundabout began playing and left when they were done," she said.
   Roundabout's manager Don Bazemore said the event "went extremely well. It was a big success."
   Pictures of the event are on www.mainstreetmusic.com.