GARAGE DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN
ROCKONSIN is a statewide garage band competition for 7th – 12th grade musicians, of all genres,that form a group outside of school; ALL band members must be attending a Wisconsin public, private, charter, virtual or home school. This is the 14th year that Dennis Graham Associates has produced this statewide garage band styled program, the only one of its kind in nation.
The Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) has joined the effort in providing this opportunity to statewide young musicians that want to share their passion for creating and performing music live on stage. This Finals only alternative music competition will feature 12 statewide garagebands performing at Summerfest, the world's largest music festival.
- Who can enter? Any 7th – 12 grade Wisconsin student in a band of two or more students, with a vocalist, ALL band members must be attending a Wisconsin public, private, charter, virtual or home school for 2017/2018. School verification: beginning with the 2018 ROCKONSIN competition each band member of the 12 statewide bands selected to perform at Summerfest must submit a school document verifying the Wisconsin school they are attending during the current 2017/2018 school year. Verifying school documents can include a copy of a school ID or report card. Please redact (black out) all personal information, including grades, except for the name of the band member, the Wisconsin school name they are attending, plus the city and information listing the band member’s class year (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) and current school year 2017/2018.
- NO registration fee or any associated costs! Apply online at www.ROCKONSIN.org for FREE starting March 1, 2018. Deadline for applications is April 30, 2018.
- Twelve statewide garage bands will be selected to each play a 15 minute set at Summerfest, the World’s Largest Music Festival. All bands must be available to play in Milwaukee on the date assigned to perform. Band can perform cover or original songs. : Up to two original songs in a band’s set will be recorded and mixed and provided to the band on mp3 format at no charge.
- The winning band and runner-up, as judged by music industry professionals, will each play a second Summerfest set. The winning band and runner-up will also get a free professional recording session at Madison’s Blast House Studios (12 hours for the winning band and 8 hours for the runner-up).
- Each of the 12 bands will receive two Shure microphones (one vocal & one instrument) with cords.
What genres of bands are eligible to apply for the competition?
All musical genres are accepted – country, rock, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, metal, Americana, bluegrass, folk, etc. Bands can play covers or originals or a mix of the two. No pre-recorded beats or DJs allowed. You must perform your music live on stage
How will bands be chosen from the application pool?
A panel of judges with experience in the music industry will choose the Summerfest finalist bands. They will be judging the applicants and the Finals competition by evaluating a band’s overall quality: how the band gels together (rhythm/vocals), creativity, musicianship, technique, and stage presence. This same scoring rubric will also be used by the State Finals judges for the Summerfest performances.
Can we substitute a member of the band if they cannot make the Summerfest Finals performance?
Yes. The substitute member must be in 7th – 12th grade and have been enrolled in a Wisconsin public, private, charter, virtual or home school in the Spring semester immediately preceding the Finals competition at Summerfest.