3rd Annual Cops & Rockers in Verona: Letting Teens Rock Out

Calling all teen rockers! Start practicing because the annual Cops & Rockers teen band competition takes place in February.

Cops & Rockers 2012 is a teen band competition  founded and sponsored by Sgt. Dan Greco along with support from his fellow members of Verona PBA Local#72. In previous years, it was only open to Verona teen bands, but this year Cops & Rockers will be open to teen bands from other towns.

Sgt. Dan Greco explains, “We wanted to give local kids a chance to show off their talents at a battle of the bands and give them the ultimate rock star experience! The Verona kids put on an amazing show for our first annual Cops & Rockers show (2011) and they rocked 2012 as well! The show has brought in approximately $10,000 in its first two years combined and we are hopeful that this year will be even bigger!”

Thanks to the assistance of Rocktec Music of Verona, The kids are going to have a stage set up that will prove to be an experience that they will not forget. Rocktec owner, Rich Ciricillo will be providing a backline of quality instruments for the kids to use, as well as fog machines and PA equipment.  Rocktec is also donating two awesome Dean Guitars to be raffled off for the audience.

Each band will showcase one original song along with a few popular cover songs. “The Cops will also be dusting off their instruments and will ATTEMPT to rock out with the kids, Jokes Sgt. Greco. The winner will be announced via a live text vote at the end of the show which will be displayed on a screen.

MyVeronaNJ.com, the media sponsor of Cops & Rockers, will be making it possible for the audience to vote by cell phone for their favorite acts during the show.

The past shows were professionally recorded (audio and video) and were mixed by Bob Agosto of Cat Eyez Studios, who has also synced up the produced audio with a three camera video shoot of the performance. Even the kids who didn’t win the grand prize had an incredible memory captured on CD/DVD. The grand prize for the first two years was a professional recording experience provided by Cat Eyez Studios where a professional demo was made.

Cops & Rockers Teen Band Competition
Who: Open to teen bands and anyone can see the show!
What: A teen band competition founded by Verona PBA Local #72.
Where: Verona High School Auditorium, 151 Fairview Avenue, Verona, NJ.
When: Saturday, February 9, 2013. Doors open at 5 pm.
Cost: Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door or by contacting Sgt. Dan Greco at 973-650-6910. All proceeds have gone directly to the Verona Music Program as well as the P.B.A. Scholarship Fund. This year, some proceeds will go to NJ Hurricane Sandy victims.

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