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Roberto Clemente Middle School Rocked by Battle For The Bands


Roberto Clemente Middle School was rocked Tuesday night as groups of teenagers carrying axes and pounding drums attacked and shredded the stage in the auditorium at the school. And the crowd of students, parents, and administrators went wild.

The school held the first annual Battle For The Bands competition, in which six eighth grade bands from the school’s Advanced Rock Band class took the stage performed as part of a fund raiser to help cover the cost of an upcoming field trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.


“This event was a huge success,” said Randi Levy, a music teacher at RCMS. “Staff and parents came out to cheer on these students and support arts in the schools. RCMS is the only middle school in the county to a rock class as part of its curriculum, which is part of the Rock in Schools volunteer initiative which brings MCPS music teachers together to bring rock band classes and instruments to middle schools where student have free access to the instruments and music, according to Randi Levy, a music teacher at RCMS. “Music classes for all, instruments for all,” said Levy.

The evening featured six bands of eighth graders. The bands were; 24/7 Recession, Fade to Black, Stray City, The Endless Street, property of, and Internal Outsiderz.