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Bands compete for prizes in the annual High School Rock Off

2022 High School Rock Off

The Tri-C High School Rock Off is back! See all the detail on how to enter below.

How to Enter

Deadline to enter is December 10, 2021 @ 5p.

All genres of high school bands and musicians are encouraged to enter.

Applicants must complete and submit the Rock Off application along with a two song demo on SoundCloud with a $60 entry fee in a check or money order payable to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. DO NOT SEND CASH.

All performers must be enrolled in grade 12 or lower at the time of the competition to be eligible and at least half of the band members must be high school students. Entry fees will be refunded in full to performers not selected.

2020 High School Rock Off Detention

Entry Forms

  • Complete form
  • Submit form
  • Two song demo to SoundCloud
  • $60 entry fee (check or money order ONLY)
The process

Bands selected will play a 15-minute set during the Rock Off semifinal rounds at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. During each of the Rock Off rounds, three bands will be selected by a panel of judges to move on to “The Final Exam.

All finalists will record one original song at Tri-C’s Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts, which will be produced by Jim Stewart Recording and students from Tri-C’s Recording Arts program. These songs will be available as free downloads at the time of The Final Exam.

The Prizes

The winning band will receive $1,000 cash and $250 for their high school music program.

Second place will receive $250 cash and $100 for their high school music program and third place will receive $100 cash.

The Sponsors

The annual battle of the high school bands and musicians is presented by Live Nation, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), Scene Magazine, Fox 8, 96.5 KISS FM, 100.7 WMMS, The Real 106.1 and iHeart Media.


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