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MARYLAND COLLEGE STUDENTS WIN 2ND ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS
The Fall Tide from Frostburg State University won the college Battle of the Bands competition presented by WQED Pittsburgh and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.

MARYLAND COLLEGE STUDENTS WIN 2ND ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS

PITTSBURGH - The Fall Tide from Frostburg State University in Maryland won the college Battle of the Bands competition presented by WQED Pittsburgh and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus on Sunday, November 2, 2008 at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland, Pennsylvania, Beaver County.

Gibb Cockrum on guitar and vocals, Clint Cockrum on bass and vocals and Mike Campbell on drums are the members of The Fall Tide and currently graduate students at Frostburg State.

The band wonprizes from the Lennon bus and its sponsors including: one free entry into the John Lennon Songwriting contest (www.jlsc.com ) a Godin guitar; Reason software from Propellerhead; an Apple iPod for each member of the band; a Crate Profiler Model 5 guitar amp; an AMPEG – BA112 Bass combo amplifier; 1,000 custom CDs in full color jacket and three color on-disc printing courtesy of Disc Makers; a BOSS TU-80 tuner and metronome; a Pro Account on purevolume.com; Maxell prize packages for each band member and the opportunity to produce their own music video on board the Lennon Bus.

The Fall Tide competed against four finalists from the University of Pittsburgh (Hero Atlantic and The Alli Gillis Band), Duquesne University (City Dwelling Nature Seekers), and Carnegie Mellon University (Tennessee Whiskey) in the Battle of the Bands sponsored by the National Network of Digital Schools and Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED creates, produces and distributes quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED-DT; WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED-HD; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; a publishing division that includes PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.

About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus ():
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 11th year of touring, the venture is proud of its brand new bus and its studios, which boast the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The Bus travels

across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences. The Bus, a 501(c)(3) venture, is made possible through the generosity of sponsors including Maxell Corporation, Apple, NAMM, Roland, Sony, Godin Guitars, Edirol by Roland, Ableton, Sibelius, Mackie, Crate, Ampeg, Audio-Technica, Apogee, Sonicbids, Digidesign, Aphex Systems, Musician’s Friend, Neutrik, Glyph Technologies, Noise Industries, Disc Makers, Smart Technologies, Bogen Imaging, IK Multimedia, McDSP, Music Player Network, Propellerhead, Boss, Abaltat, OurStage, Gretsch Drums and Boss. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by an agreement with Yoko Ono Lennon.

The National Network of Digital Schools, a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation, is dedicated to providing customer-centered educational strategies that empower students, teachers, and school administrators to succeed. NNDS is the exclusive distributor of Lincoln Interactive, a truly 21st Century curriculum choice designed especially for online learning that provides innovative, engaging, and student-centered educational experiences. Instructors and students use the very best textbooks, printed course reference guides, and state-of-the-art technology in semester-long courses that have been developed in accordance with national standards. www.nndsonline.org

The Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center is located 50 minutes northwest of Pittsburgh in Midland, Beaver County. A new $30 million facility, it hosts the Lincoln

Park Performing Arts Charter School, a Pennsylvania public charter school providing professional training in music, theater, dance, creative writing and media arts, along with a rigorous academic program, and is also home to the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and the Henry Mancini Arts Academy. For more info, visit the Center’s Website at www.lppac.org.

NOTE TO WORKING PRESS:

Interviews with the following people are available. Please contact Maria Pisano to schedule.

  • Brian Rothschild, Executive Director of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

  • Representatives from the National Network of Digital Schools and the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center

  • Interviews with the winning band, The Fall Tide, from Frostburg State University in Maryland.

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WQED Pittsburgh
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Pittsburgh, PA 15213

 

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George Hazimanolis
Senior Director of
Corporate Communications
412.622.1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

 

Maria Pisano
Marketing Associate
412-622-1459
mpisano@wqed.org

 

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