Montage High School Rock Off

Montage Defends Home Court To Win 2018 Rock Off Title The Best Band In The Land

22nd Annual Tri-C® High School Rock Off Powered by PNC

CLEVELAND, OH – February 17, 2018 – Unquestionably, the 2018 Tri-C High School Rock Off had the most diverse and fine-tuned line up of performers in the 22 years of the event. Fifty-one attractions, 214 performers representing 5 states and the most number of regional entries in the history of the Rock Off. In fact, the Final Exam included 2 out of state bands and 3 Columbus bands. In the end, the trio representing Cleveland School of Arts and Maple Heights High School, Montage won first place, the coveted title and a ton of accolades from the judges and attendees alike. Second place went to Cousin Simple from Columbus, Ohio and The 89th Key took third place back to Lansing, Michigan with them.

In what was an amazing night of musical performances, the judges, including Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman, felt all 12 bands aced the Final Exam, but Montage graduated number one in their class! Montage finished in second place last year. “The Rock Off is a tremendous experience for everyone that gets selected,” said Montage drummer Kevin Pace Jr. We really wanted to win this year and put in the time to make it happen!” Montage’s scorching non-stop blues-rock set electrified the crowd.

Final Exam Results

First Place: Montage (Cleveland School of The Arts and Maple Heights H.S.)
Second Place: Cousin Simple (Columbus Alternative and St. Charles Prep)
Third Place: The 89th Key (Brighton, East Lansing, Holt & Williamston H.S.’s MI)

Montage received $1,000 cash, $250 for their high school music program, an invitation to perform at the 2018 Vans Warped Tour in July at Blossom Music Center. They will also receive a number of other prestigious gigs this summer including the Rock Hall’s annual Summer in the City program on the PNC Stage, Edgewater Live, the 2018 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland and during the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction week in April. Cousin Simple received $250 cash and $100 for their high school music program and The 89th Key received $100 cash. Prize money was courtesy of the local School of Rock franchise.

This year, high school seniors participating in the Rock Off will have the opportunity to apply for three PNC scholarships to study in the Creative Arts program. PNC Bank will help high school seniors launch their careers in music by providing scholarships of up to $2,000 to Tri-C®. Among the 51 bands and solo performers entered in the Rock Off, 75 students are seniors eligible to apply for the Tri-C® PNC scholarships.

The 2018 Final Exam performers recorded one original song at Tri-C’s Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts. The FREE download was produced by Jim Stewart and students from Tri-C’s Recording Arts and Technology program. The FREE download is available now on

Each band member and solo act that were part of the Final Exam received a $25 Live Nation Gift Card providing them access to the best live music this summer. To learn more about the all-new Live Nation Gift Card, simply download the Live Nation App today or click here,

The 2018 Rock Off is produced by Live Nation and sponsored by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cuyahoga Community College, PNC, The Vans Warped Tour 2018, Scene Magazine, Fox 8, 96.5 KISS FM, 100.7 WMMS, iHeart Media, School of Rock, Jim Stewart Recording, Quicken Loans Arena and their championship teams The CAVS, The Monsters and The Gladiators.


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