SchoolJam USA's Top Bass Player Wins New Peavey Amplifier
PEAVEY INTL. HEADQUARTERS Peavey awarded a new Peavey TNT bass amplifier to the Best Bass Player at the second-annual SchoolJam USA teen battle of the bands held during the NAMM Show, the largest music products trade show in the world, held in Anaheim, Calif., Jan. 13-16, 2011.
Jake Bills of the Salt Lake City band VIA, which placed third overall in the SchoolJam USA competition, was voted Best Bass Player out of the 10 finalist bands. With 600 watts total power, a thundering 15 Peavey loudspeaker and lightweight class D technology, the new Peavey TNT 115 bass combo amp will give Bills the tone and power to reach new heights of success in music.
SchoolJam USA is a national program sponsored by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) that rewards aspiring teen music makers, between the ages of 13 and 19, and their school music programs with funding and prizes, as well as the opportunity to perform live before the public and a panel of music industry professionals.
Of the more than 150 eager bands that applied this year, 48 talented teen bands hailing from more than 20 U.S. cities made it to the semi-finals. More than 112,000 votes were cast during a four-week, open online voting period, narrowing down the top 10 finalist bands.
Competing against nine other finalist bands, Peligro from Gahanna, Ohio, won SchoolJam USA's platinum album-shaped trophy and the coveted grand-prize trip to Europe in April, to perform at the 2011 SchoolJam Germany finals in Frankfurt, a private music video recording session on the John Lennon Educational Bus, and $1,000 towards the purchase of new band gear. Additionally, the band received $5,000 for their school music programs, and each of the other finalist bands were awarded with cash and other prizes for their bands and respective school music programs.
Other awards presented at the SchoolJam USA finals included: second-place award to the Jessica Prouty Band from northeastern Mass., and third-place award to VIA from Salt Lake City. In addition, specific individuals and bands were recognized for their talents in Best Of categories, including bass, percussion, guitar, horn, keyboard and vocals.
The panel of judges includedMichael Blakeslee from MENC (National Association for Music Education), Steve Dobo from Rock Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Stan Freese from Disney, Kevin Lyman from Vans Warped Tour, and Menzie Pittman from Contemporary Music Center.
SchoolJam USA is an established music initiative, originally developed by MM MusikMedia Germany to promote popular and rock music in schools throughout Germany. The program has provided thousands of music-loving young adults with the opportunity to perform and network with their peers, increasing their love for playing music and encouraging them to become active musicians. In the United States, NAMM has collaborated with MENC, Music For All and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus to develop SchoolJam USA, following two successful years of SchoolJam Texas, produced by NAMM and the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) in 2007 and 2008, in conjunction with the original SchoolJam in Germany.
NAMM is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion international musical instruments and products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies. For more information about NAMM or the proven benefits of making music, interested parties can visit www.namm.org or call 800-767-NAMM (6266).