2023 Yankee Homecoming Battle of the Bands

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Yankee Homecoming Battle of the Bands

High School Battle of the Bands

The Battle of the Bands is an exciting annual Yankee Homecoming event that provides strong opportunity for increase exposure and recognition for aspiring local musicians. Each year local high school students from Newburyport and surrounding towns help kick off Yankee Homecoming week as they compete in the annual High School Battle of the Bands. Battle of the 2023 will take place on Saturday, July 29th starting at 6 PM. Bands perform on the Waterfront Park stage competing for cash prizes and a variety of high visibility and paid performances opportunities including the chance to be the opening act, Sunday night of the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert Series. View prize details below videos. Battle of the Bands 2023 showcased 10 bands all with exceptional talent and supportive fans, family and friends who braved a sever wind and rain storm. It was an amazing evening despite the weather!

Battle of the Bands has grown over the years both in terms of band participation and fan following and concert attendance. Thank you to Cheryl Munick who has done an outstanding job as the Yankee Homecoming Chair for Battle of the Bands as well as the Waiter & Waitress Races. 

2023 Battle of the Bands Winners

2023 Band Winners:
1st: Catching Arrows  @catchingarrowsband
2nd: Hyperdrive  @hyperdrive_newburyport
3rd: Stagecraft  @letsplaymusicnh
2023 Solo/Duet Acoustic Winners:
1st: Eloise Kirkpatrick  @eloisekirkpatrick
2nd: Trisha & Thara  @trishaandthara

1st Place Band – Catching Arrows  @catchingarrowsband

2nd Place Band – Hyperdrive  @hyperdrive_newburyport

3rd Place Band – Stagecraft  @letsplaymusicnh

1st Place Solo Acoustic – Eloise Kirkpatrick  @eloisekirkpatrick

2nd Place Duet Acoustic – Trisha & Thara  @trishaandthara


First Prize Bands: 
Featured opening act at a Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert
On-Air interview with Evolvement Radio Recorded Song
$100 Cash
Paid performance – Yankee Homecoming Parade, Sunday August 6th

Second Prize Bands: 
$100 Cash
Paid performance – Market Square Stage, Sunday August 6th

Third Prize Bands:
$100 Cash

First Prize Acoustic Solo/Duet: 
$100 Cash
Paid performance – Market Square, Sunday August 6th

Second Prize Acoustic Solo/Duet:
Gift Certificate

Come cheer for and support these up and coming local bands as they compete for the High School Battle of the Bands title. If you’re interested in participating, make sure to register by midnight on July 21st. View the 2023 registration form for complete rules and regulations.

As part of the Battle of the Bands competition rules, one band is accepted on a first come first serve basis from each of the following: Newburyport High, Amesbury High, The Governor’s Academy, Pentucket Regional High, Triton Regional High, The Musical Suite, West Newbury School of Music, and Zach Field Drum Studio. Additional bands are then selected based on contest availability. 

2022 Battle of the Bands Winners

1st: Vibe Check
2nd: Dune Dogs
3rd: Catching Arrows

Solo Acoustic:
1st: Georgia Siegfried
2nd: PC Walker & Charlie Grossman

2022 High School Battle of the Bands 1st Place Winner – Vibe Check

2022 High School Battle of the Bands in the Yankee Homecoming Parade

2021 High School Battle of the Bands in the Yankee Homecoming Parade