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Battling for the Spotlight—the Final Battle at Tally Ho Theater

World View performs for the final Battle of the Bands at Tally Ho Theater in Leesburg. Watch their point of view here!
Ruru Magdamit

On Friday, March 15th, World View participated in the final Battle of the Bands hosted at Tally Ho in Leesburg. There were twelve bands that participated–many were charismatic, charming the audience with popular songs such as: Deftones’ Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away), Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and Pixies’ Where Is My Mind? The event lasted from 6-11pm, and five winners were announced at the end of the event.


World View did not place in the leaderboard of performances. There were five categories: fan favorite, best original music, best soloist, runner up, and first place. To see some of the performances and World View’s point of view, click above to watch World View’s point-of-view!


During the event, Samantha Wall, the host and representative of Battle of the Bands, watched as the performers stole the audience’s hearts during the night. As Youth Iniative Specialist for Loudoun County Parks, Recreation & Community Services (PRCS), and with the help of the Youth Advisory Council (YAC), they were able to organize and deliver this event for teenage musicians all over Loudoun County.


“For nearly 20 years, the Battle has provided teens a unique platform to both play for their peers and fans on a professional stage and compete to win cash prizes and special recording packages designed to ignite their recording career! An event like this bring teens together in a shared community while also giving them hard skills and life lessons along the way.” —Samantha Wall, Youth Iniative Specialist for Loudoun PRCS.


Organizing this event is special for musicians who want to gain more experience performing on a bigger stage—music schools and educators across the county also participate, growing the popularity, and professionality of performers.


“We secure the concert venue, hire a professional sound engineer–Aaron Reale of RealeWorks, and then open the competition application to all teens in the area. Musicians can apply as bands or soloists and prizes are awarded for the different categories. In all, this year, we have 107 participating teen artists.” —Samantha Wall, Youth Iniative Specialist for Loudoun PRCS.


Over the past nineteen years, it still serves to be an amazing place for musicians to play live for a growing audience. The prizes for the winners help musicians start a professional career with live studio recording and cash for advertisement and such.


“Music can be timeless and connect different communities across both our county and across time. Our teen artists select diverse music that sometimes plays like a history lesson, connecting the generations. It never gets old and it never will!” —Samantha Wall, Youth Iniative Specialist for Loudoun PRCS.

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Ruru Magdamit
Ruru Magdamit, Reporter
Ruru Magdamit is a 16 year old who focuses on videography and photography for Park View's Broadcasting & Newspaper Journalism classes. She has written and produced content revolving music and local events at Park View High School. Magdamit creates content outside of the Newspaper Journalism class, producing works in hopes to become an inspiration, and safe place for others around her.

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