Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association and the Surf Ballroom have come together to offer youth in and around Clear Lake educational opportunities in music and Walmart has stepped up to help make it happen. Iowa Rocks Talent, a statewide competition for musicians under 21, encouraging participation in music outside of school and providing opportunities for professional development will be held at the Surf Ballroom on Friday, May 11th at 7pm.
A statewide competition, Iowa Rocks Talent has regional competitions in Des Moines, Okoboji, Dubuque, and Clear Lake throughout the year. The winners of each regional competition convene at the Roof Garden Ballroom in Arnolds Park Labor Day Weekend to show off their skills to the judges in Iowa Rocks Talent Finals. Winners of Iowa Rocks Talent Finals receive recording time at Catamount Studios in Cedar Falls and an opportunity to perform at the 2018 Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame Induction Concert on September 2nd.
“For years we’ve been producing a Battle of the Bands competition to encourage youth to make their own music, but this year we’re stepping it up a notch or four!” commented Cindy Stanbro, Executive Director of the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association. “Music offers youth a voice and we wanted to give musicians without the support system to have a band an opportunity to express themselves and show off their skills. We wanted to get in their backyard.” By holding more competitions across the state, the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association is hoping more youth will be able to participate.
Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association was a recipient of Walmart’s Community Grant program for Iowa Rocks Talent. Shown in the photo is Michael Oruzco (Lead Day Maintenance of Mason City’s Walmart and local drummer), Josh Uhde (Assistant Manager of Mason City’s Walmart), Ellie Trangsrud (Customer Service Manager of Mason City’s Walmart), Becky Horsfall (Customer Service Manager of Mason City’s Walmart), Laura Trosien (Mason City Walmart Employee), Sharon Friest (Mason City Walmart Employee), and Cindy Stanbro (Executive Director of Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association).
To sign up for Iowa Rocks Talent or for more information, go to www.iowarocknroll.com/education. The Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve the legacy of rock ‘n roll music in Iowa by honoring achievements, educating youth, and inspiring artists.