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High School Rock Off

2020 Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 24th Annual Tri-C High School Rock Off, powered by PNC

1st - Detention (Firestone, Highland Middle, STEM Middle)

2nd - The Meatball Mob (Notre Dame Cathedral Latin, St. Ignatius, University School)

3rd - The Autumn Dogs (Kirtland, Lake Catholic, Willoughby South)


The 2020 Tri-C High School Rock Off returns to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame February 2020!

Final Exam - Saturday, February 29

All winners from each of the three qualifying rounds will compete during the Final Exam. Competing bands are:

Round 1 winners: 

  • Fake ID
  • Trevolta
  • Autumn Dogs
  • Detention

Round 2 winners:

  • Adem Dalipi
  • Antimatter
  • Cougar Meat
  • Ink

Round 3 winners:

  • Bucyrus High School Xband
  • Headlines
  • The Meatball Mob
  • The Monarchy

Click for Final Exam schedule


For more information, please contact Frank Imhoff at Live Nation at (216) 912-4927 or [email protected]


The first place band receives $1,000 in cash and $250 to the winner’s high school music program. First place also opens for a national attraction produced by Live Nation in Northeast Ohio.

First Place Contribution from TuneCore:

  • Free Distribution of Two Releases
  • Free Publishing Administration
  • Free YouTube Monetization
  • Store Automator for both releases
  • New Music Friday Spotify Playlist Consideration
  • “Music Made Me” T-Shirts

The second place band receives $200 in cash and $150 for their high school music program.

Second Place Contribution from TuneCore:

  • Free Distribution of Two Releases
  • Free Store Automator for both releases
  • $1 YouTube Monetization
  • “Music Made Me” T-Shirts

The third place band receives $100 in cash.

Third Place Contribution from TuneCore:

  • Free Distribution of One Release
  • Free Store Automator
  • $1 YouTube Monetization
  • “Music Made Me” T-Shirts

All cash prizes provided by TuneCore.

Official Press Release:

Press release

High School Rock Off Promo 2

High School Rock Off Promo 2

Scholarship Details


Once again, PNC Bank will be awarding three scholarships of up to $2,000 each for students to attend Tri-C and study within the College’s Center for Creative Arts. All Rock Off contestants in their senior year of high school are eligible for the scholarship. For information on Creative Arts programs offered at Tri-C, visit

To apply for the scholarships, participants should contact David Kennedy at [email protected] or by phone 216-987-3277.

Compilation Album

2020 High School Rock Off finalist recording of one original song at Tri-C’s Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts, produced by Jim Stewart Recording and students from Tri-C’s Recording Arts program.

All tracks recorded live by Jim Stewart at The Tommy LiPuma Recording Arts and Technology School, except where indicated.

1. Adem Dalipi - Forgotten

2. Antimater - What You Think

3. Detention – Uncontrollable Urge

4. Fake ID - Good Times

5. Headlines - Who Did You Think I Was

6. Ink - Teresa

7. Meatball Mob - Stick Around

8. The Autumn Dogs - You're Right For Me

9. The Monarchy - Gimmie Somethin'

10. XBand - Gasoline


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