Best Young Band will be named at Reindeer finale

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WESTBROOK — One of nine high-school bands will receive Reindeer Records’ title of Best Young Band in the State of Maine at a red-carpet finale of the Off-Ramp: Exit 26 competition on Saturday, May 7.

For the past six months, the rock bands have been challenged to five tasks: songwriting, recording studio experience, marketing, live event production and music video production.

The competing bands are Beward of Pedestrians, Gorham High School; Crossed Out, Gorham High School; Midnite Haze, Telstar Middle/High School; Phantom Companion, Falmouth High School, Waynflete; Stuck in Neutral, Boothbay Region High School; The Modest Proposal, Freeport High School; The Resistance, Erskine Academy, Maine Central Institute, Warsaw Middle School; The Study of Wumbo,  Scarborough High School, Kennebunk High School; and Where’s Robert, Mt. Ararat High School, Morse High School and Brunswick High School.

“Whether they recognize it or not, these bands have been put through the music industry ringer and have come out of a six-month experience quite triumphantly,” said Louis Philippe, Reindeer president and Off-Ramp producer. “They learned a lot, they grew a lot, they worked a lot and they produced amazing results.”

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All bands will perform a final brief set, which will include their original composition titled “I Scream At Walls” created for the competition, and the audience will get to see the band’s music video of that song.

The finale will begin at 7 p.m. at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center. Tickets are  $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Contact Reindeer at 857-9002 or reindeergroup.org. For more on the bands, visit keepmecurrent.com and click on the Off-Ramp: Exit 26 icon.

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