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Getting into the feel of the event, “bands” with names like Rock ‘n Roses, Merchants of Death and the Black Skull showed up to compete in the Guitar Hero & Rock Band Tournament held Friday, March 27 at Richmond Middle School.
Holding two separate divisions, one for middle school and one for high school, the fundraiser was sponsored by the Richmond Band Boosters and featured some fun prizes, plus a souvenir shop, concessions, free play on both games and climbing on the RMS Rock Wall.
“It wasn’t a very good turnout for either the middle school or high school…The kids that came we felt had a blast,” said Cari Rumbaugh of the Band Boosters. “We had plenty of free play time and rock wall to do.”
Though the turnout was less than anticipated, the Boosters learned a great deal.
“We were glad we didn’t have a whole lot of kids, to get a feel how things were going to go. After this, we have a better idea, and plan to do it again definitely,” Rumbaugh continued. “Some parents, on Saturday, were getting all kinds of questions from students who didn’t come, and when they found out (about it), they want to come to the next one. We plan on opening up the tournament to other area schools and see if we can get more interest.”
According to Rumbaugh, approximately 20 students showed up for the middle school division. Eight individuals competed in Guitar Hero with Ian Werle emerging as the winner. Markus Evert was second. Two “bands” went head to head in Rock Band, with Merchants of Death (Luke Rumbaugh, Ryan Sander, Jackson Pence and Wyatt Bulk) capturing first place.
In the high school division just nine students competed in Guitar Hero. First place went to Peyton Downs and second to Sam Austin. Rock Band had four bands in competition.
“One of them was made up of band parents,” said Rumbaugh. “That match was pretty exciting, but they lost.”
First place in the high school Rock Band competition went to Rock ‘n Roses (Peyton Downs, Jacob Williams, Andrew Sherman and Luke Bailey).
The door prize was determined by dropping the names of each competitor into a ‘hat.’ Chance Devore was the winner of the Guitar Hero guitar and an Xbox game.
All in all, the event proved to be fun and those that attended enjoyed it. The Band Boosters were impressed with the students too.
“The kids that came to the event were all very well behaved and very respectful. I was impressed,” said Rumbaugh.’’
The Boosters are considering holding a Guitar Hero & Rock Band competition during the Mushroom Festival. Let them know if you are interested by contacting the Richmond Band Boosters.
Photos from the event will appear tomorrow in The Daily News.