The Beat interviews members of Groveport-area high school rock outfit A F(r)iend in Me, winners of the Instaband Battle of the Bands sponsored by Groove U.

Earlier this year, The Beat served as a judge for one of three semi-final rounds of Groove U's Instaband Battle of the Bands. One of the three groups advancing from that semifinal was a sextet from Groveport called A F(r)iend in Me, so we believe we deserve some credit for the fact that the hardcore outfit won the finals of the event.

The band is young in more ways than one. Made up of high school students, the band has also only been together since late summer/early fall of last year. Members include: Caleb Marsee and Trey Murphy, vocals; Kobe May and Billy Dematteo, guitar; Sean Devine, bass; and Bobby Joe Dunn, drums.

The final competition featured 10 finalists from 43 entrants. Throughout the competition, Groove U raised from than $3,000 for local music education nonprofit organizations.

As winners, A F(r)iend in Me received a recording contract, complete with a professionally recorded EP, music video, website and more.