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BATTLE OF THE BANDS | Calling All High School Rock Bands from Naperville


Rock bands from Naperville high schools invited to apply for entry in May 10 event

NAPERVILLE– Naperville high school student rock bands are invited to apply for a spot in the Naperville Park District Youth Ambassadors’ 16th annual Battle of the Bands contest. The event will take place from 4:30-8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10 at the Community Concert Center in Central Park, located at 104 E. Benton Ave.

Applications and a demo recording via a YouTube link or on a CD or flash drive must be received by 9:00 p.m. on Tues., April 23 to be considered. The application form can be accessed online at Bands can email their entries to Fred Gusel at or mail them or drop them off to Fred Gusel at Fort Hill Activity Center, located at 20 Fort Hill Drive. The mailing address is:

Fred Gusel

Naperville Park District

20 Fort Hill Drive

Naperville, IL 60540

Applicants will be notified on or before April 26 about whether their band has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Battle of the Bands.

The first place winner will perform at Ribfest at a time to be determined and will advance to the Illinois Park District Association’s Regional Battle of the Bands with a chance to perform at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

The Youth Ambassadors is a group of high school students who work with the Naperville Park District to plan community-wide special events for teens each year.

About the Naperville Park District

Created in 1966, the Naperville Park District is an independent, municipal agency serving the recreation needs of its residents. The District is one of only 1% of park districts across the country to be nationally accredited through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The Naperville Park District’s mission is to provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community. The District maintains and operates more than 2,400 acres with 137 parks and provides more than 1,500 recreational, arts and environmental programs and special events annually. Included within the District’s operations are two championship golf courses, a multitude of playgrounds, trails, athletic courts and sports fields, Fort Hill Activity Center, Knoch Knolls Nature Center, two inline skating and skateboarding facilities, the Millennium Carillon, a paddle boat quarry, historic Centennial Beach, and the beautiful Riverwalk.

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