More than $1,000 in prizes are up for grabs in a new Battle of the Bands contest in Powell.

More than $1,000 in prizes are up for grabs in a new Battle of the Bands contest in Powell.

Olentangy students and residents under age 19 can join the contest for a chance to be named the best garage band in town, starting at 8 p.m. June 17 at the Lazy Chameleon, 4028 Presidential Parkway.

The first eight bands to enter will compete in the contest, which is sponsored by Olentangy Liberty High School's marching band.

Bands will compete for more than $1,000 in prizes from Crossroads Music in Delaware, Sam Ash Music in Columbus and Brennan Music Studio in Powell. The winning band also will perform June 29 at the Powell Festival.

Every band will take home at least $50 in prizes, said event chairman Andy Piper.

"We have fantastic band, orchestra, and choir programs," Piper said in a news release. "However, we also believe there are talented students putting together their own rock bands after school and making some great music. This event is an opportunity for them to come out of their basement or garage and bring their music to the world."

Proceeds from the event will help to fund the Liberty High School marching band's trip to London later this year, when members are scheduled to perform in the city's New Year's parade.

The Battle of the Bands contest might become an annual event, Piper said.

The contest requires a $75 application fee. All members of competing bands must be 19 years old or younger.

To apply, send a letter of interest to battleofthebandsolhs@yahoo.com.