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Battle Launch PartyPresident and CEO of Cormetech, Steve Suttle, with Joni Madison, COO of McKinney and Battle of the Bands organizer
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Battle Launch PartyMartha Idler and Steve Suttle, co-chairs on the Board of Directors for KidZNotes
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Battle Launch PartyKidZNotes Executive Director Katie Wyatt shows off her temporary tattoo with Ed Beroset of Raleigh-based company Elster Solutions
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Battle Launch PartyAlex Saiz and Elanah Sykes of McKinney
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Battle Launch PartyKelly Poythress, Brooke Cagle May, Dean Driskill and Eileen Cowel, all employees at the "Best Bank in Durham," SunTrust
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Battle Launch PartyThe Barhop String Quartet, with KidZNotes Executive Director Katie Wyatt on viola, Laura Thomas and Rob Rempher playing violin, and Phil Warren on cello
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Battle Launch PartyMike Truzy, music teacher at Eastway Elementary, leads the KidZNotes kids in song
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Battle Launch PartyTonya Suggs, music director of the Beethoven Ensemble, stands with her class after their performance. The kids received a standing ovation after their renditions of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and Beethoven's "Rondo."
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Battle Launch PartyBrad Brinegar, CEO of McKinney, accepts a portrait of KidZNotes kids by artist Vita Jones as a gift from the organization
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Battle Launch PartyLucia Peel Powe, founder of KidZNotes, with Steve Suttle
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Battle Launch PartyVictoria Jones, accompanist for KidZNotes, with Tonya Suggs
The sixth Triangle Corporate Battle of the Bands, which showcases bands from around the Triangle for a night of corporate rock 'n' roll at American Tobacco, won't be rockin' till September, but McKinney, this year's Battle host, got the party started last Wednesday by hosting a Launch Party in Bay 7 to introduce this year’s benefiting charity — KidZNotes.
The nonprofit organization fights poverty and encourages positive decision making by instructing and engaging children in classical orchestral music. KidZNotes serves children in the poorest neighborhoods in East Durham, and strives to eventually create quality youth orchestras around the state. So this year, the Battle will mix classic rock with the classical in support of the charity.
Representatives from Triangle-area companies Elster, KeySource, Summit Consulting, SunTrust and, of course, McKinney declared battle at the Launch Party, and Durham Bulls’ on-field announcer, Jatovi McDuffie, who emceed the kick-off event, encouraged other companies to do the same.
"I have a 2-year-old," Jatovi said to the crowd. "I want my kid in KidZNotes. Don't we want KidZNotes in every elementary school?"
Bands are allowed entry into the Battle on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, or for more information, click here. And check out our slideshow of the Launch Party, featuring folks from Battle companies, KidZNotes, and the stars of the whole shebang: the children in the KidZNotes ensemble.