One day Patrick Brogan found himself in Danville watching a "dueling pianos" performance where one pianist tried to outdo the other and suddenly, an idea came to him.

"People would come in and request a song and see which pianist played it the best," said Brogan about the piano performance.

As a Lafayette Library staff member in charge of teen services, Brogan is constantly searching for fresh ideas for programs. That's when he thought about offering the first "Battle of the Bands" online video contest for teens this fall.

Between now and Sept. 15, Brogan is accepting online video submissions from musicians from all over the county ages 12-18 sent to Brogan by 11:59 p.m. Sept. 15.

These videos can be from a video sharing service such as YouTube or Vimeo or even a camera-recorded audition. Videos will be judged by online survey and the top four finalists will compete from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 18, in the Lafayette Library's Community Hall.

In addition to the grand prize, there is a second place prize of a $75 gift certificate for Lamorinda Music and a third place prize of five 30-minute acoustic guitar lessons from Mighty Fine Guitars. The local radio station, Live 105, will be at the event which will also feature raffle drawings and giveaways, Brogan said.

Judges at the event will include Yvonne Prinze, co-owner of Amoeba Records and local young adult author, a local school music teacher in Central County, and another to be determined judge, he said.


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Entry rules for participants must be followed: record your best performance using either a camera recorder or use a video-sharing service such as Vimeo or YouTube. Submit your entry by sending an email to pbrogan@ccclib.org that contains a link to your music online.

Be sure to include the following information: the name of the band/performer, and names and ages of all members; a brief description of the band; a name, phone number, and email where the contestants can be reached.

No personal information will be posted online. This contest is open to all musical genres, but no obscene or offensive lyrics are allowed. Inappropriate lyrics or behavior will result in disqualification. Participants may enter together as a group, or as a solo performer. Solo performers must play an accompanying instrument. Karaoke is not permitted.

Brogan said he also got the idea of the contest from the San Jose Library which held its own "Battle of the Bands" early this year. So far, he's reached out to music teachers in local schools to help spread the word about the event.

"It's good to get young people involved in a setting that teaches them to have a good work ethic and how to work well with others," Brogan said.

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What: "Battle of the Bands" teen music video contest
When: Submit videos by Sept. 15; final competition, 5-7 p.m. Oct. 18
Where: Final competition at Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
Information: Email pbrogan@ccclib.org