Student bands compete for slot in Dia

Baylor’s Student Union Board is putting together its 4th annual Battle of the Bands to find out if students have what it takes to rock the stage on April 12 at Diadeloso. Past winners have included Manifest Music Co., The Tower and Honest Men.

“The fundamental part of the Battle of the Bands is to bring the student body together through music,” said Brooklyn Center, Minn. senior, Beulah Momanyi, Student Union Board member,.

Student performers of any musical genre can submit a video demo of an original piece to the Student Union Board. Once submitted, Crowley senior, Chelsea Lee said between six or seven acts will be selected to compete for a chance to play at Diadeloso.

“If you are into music and feel like you have something to offer, especially if it’s original music, we are here to facilitate a place for you to share that,” Momanyi said.

You don’t have to be in a band to enter the competition however. The board encourages solo performers to be a part of the event as well.

“This is the first year we will be including individual acts,” Lee said. “In the past, only bands have been included. We decided to open it up to a wider variety of performers in order to better showcase the talents of Baylor students.”

Lee said the board is looking for acts “with definite personal style, stage presence, and charisma/personality.”

Momanyi also suggested that performers show their personality through their music.

“We are looking for confident performers who have enthusiasm”, Momanyi said. “Any kind of genre is welcome. When you think Battle of the Bands, people usually think rock or alternative, but we are welcoming anyone.’”

Battle of the Bands will take place on March 31 and will be held in the Bill Daniel Student Center bowl. Food trucks and other activities will be offered during the event. It is free for the public to attend.

The goal of The Student Union Board and The Battle of the Bands is to unite the student body with an event that can bring everyone across campus together in a way that they wouldn’t have before.

“We are also trying to link up with a nonprofit on campus so any proceeds can go somewhere great in the community,” Momanyi said.

Momanyi also commented on the success of bands that have won before.

“Previous winners have gone on to have a great run in the community,” Momanyi said.

The deadline to submit a demo to the Student Union Board is today.