Music Showcase students compete in Battle of the Bands

Local Teens Compete in Hillsborough County Fair Battle of the Bands

Pictures and Article By Rafael Gonzalez

The 13th Annual Teenage Battle of the Bands, sponsored by the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Department, was held on Friday and Saturday, October 15th and 16th, 2010 in conjunction with the Hillsborough County Fair at 4810 East SR 60 in Dover, Florida.

As has been the case previously, the competition was open to local bands, so long as band members were 13 to 20 years old. As was the case last year, the top two bands received studio time to record some of their work thanks to the financial support of Friends of Hillsborough Parks.

One of the bands competing this year was Deceptive Cadence. Band members Alex Crook (guitar), Jake Simms (drums), Alex Gonzalez (bass), and Nick Forsthoffer (vocal) performed some of their own original work as well as some of their favorites from Guns & Roses, Megadeath, and Van Halen, just to name a few.

Alex Crook, 16, who lives in Brandon and is a sophomore at Riverview High School, has been playing the guitar over 5 years; Jake Simms, 16, who lives in Riverview and is a junior at Riverview High School, has been playing the drums over 5 years; Alex Gonzalez, 16, who lives in Lithia and is a junior at Tampa Preparatory School, has been playing the bass over 3 years; Nick Forsthoffer, 16, who lives in Brandon and is a sophomore at Riverview High School, recently began singing.

With over 150 folks in the stands watching, listening, and cheering them on, including county fair attendees, fans, friends, and family members, Deceptive Cadence rocked the house! Crook was amazing on guitar. Simms was incredible on drums. Gonzalez was fantastic on bass. Forsthoffer was great on vocals.

Despite their best effort and awesome performance however, Deceptive Cadence was not picked as one of the top two bands. After wishing the winning bands congratulations, Crook, Simms, Gonzalez, and Forsthoffer vowed to continue to write, play, perform, and practice so as to be able to return next year to win the 14th Annual Teenage Battle of the Bands.