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Calling All Bands - Do You Have What it Takes to Win?

Many bands will compete – but only one will take the winning title. Bring on the heat and competition at the 4th Annual Battle of the Bands. This year, we’re opening it up to all music genres, from hip hop to rock. We’re also expanding the band selection by including vocal performances of at least two people; instruments not required. So if you’re an upcoming rapper or just love to rock out with a guitar, get your crew together and ready for this battle.

Queens Library seeks to foster the musical talents of emerging bands in Queens and New York City. Prizes will be awarded to the winner and two runner-ups.  Band members must be between the ages of 13 and 22.

The Battle of the Bands will take place at the 2,100-seat Colden Auditorium at Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts.

Sign up your band by April 16th to get significant exposure and experience, and have a blast!

View Official Rules

Meet the Past Winners


Metal Hawks

Metal Hawks are a young hard rock and heavy metal band from Long Island. The band is led by bass-playing front man Ryan Daversa, accompanied by John Barry on guitar, and Alex Hertler on the drums. They’re veterans of the teen live music scene, and are dedicated to refining their craft.


Back to ’96

"We thank Queens Library for giving us a chance to show people what we can do... and that is to play music! Keep rockin' !!" - Back to 96. Band Members include Elijah Gurrero, Manual Quioga, Carlos Rueda, Anel Radoncic, and Joseph Larson.

The Battle of the Bands is made available through the generous support of Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College.