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Bands Battle To Benefit Norwalk High

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk’s American Legion hall will rattle and hum as musicians go head to head in the first-ever Battle of the Bands to benefit Norwalk High School on Sept. 18. Sharon Cadden and Angela Araujo will be there amid the crowd, watching the birth of their fundraising endeavor.  The show starts at noon and runs until 10 p.m.  All day wrist bands for $10 ($7 for students) allow you to come in and out of the concert.

At stake for each competing band is one of five gigs Cadden and Araujo have locked in at area establishments. That turns the Battle of the Bands into an audition for even more exposure. “This is what the bands want, a chance to show off their talent,” says Araujo. “Garage bands play in their garage. If they win at the Battle of the Bands, they get to perform in front of a great audience.”

Cadden and Araujo signed eight bands to compete for the the five prize gigs. There is also one exhibition band closing out the evening - Forgetting Fame.

The battle isn’t restricted to just Norwalk students or even just students for that matter. Entry was open to adults as well as musicians from surrounding communities. Some of the first performers locked in are from Wilton and Ridgefield.

For information on entering the Battle of the Bands, visit www.nhsbob.com . Cadden represents the Norwalk High Father’s Club, which is organizing the event, while Araujo represents the fundraiser’s beneficiary: the Football Boosters.

Both hope the show is successful enough to make this an annual event. Cadden has spent years raising funds for the school, even past her own child’s graduations. Never have they held an event like this, and she hopes there are more opportunities to put a little fun into the fundraising. “We are really looking for something more exciting than just selling hotdogs, hamburgers and candy,” says Cadden.

For an the most recent lineup for the Battle of the Bands, visit the Norwalk High School Battle of the Bands website.

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