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The Dirty dogs posed for a publicity photo. Members include Brennan Johnson, Kadie Donahue, Oliver Demke, Jake Hillstead Kael Forsythe-Barker, Rock Elder, and Henry Hohl.

Alta High’s Battle of the Bands is Back!

Participants of this year's Battle of the Bands will vie for the top spot. Who's got what it takes?

The Battle is Back! Bands are battling for the top spot, the fretboard fraternizer and percussion professionals along with the vocalist vixens will go drum head to guitar head to see who has what it takes.

Sponsored by the PTSA, Alta’s 21st Annual Battle of the Bands will rock the house Monday, March 6  at 6 pm. The winner will go on to region competition.

Junior Henry Hohl, lead vocals and keys of The Dirty Dogs, is looking forward to the upcoming “battle.” Formed mostly by Hohl, The Dirty Dogs are doing a cover of The Beatles’ Lady Madonna, and another original song. Because they have a sax player, someone on keys, and just the right guitar sound, the band decided to move forward with the famous Beatle’s song for their cover.

It’s fun to have musicians come together and make something that can elicit emotion.

— Henry Hohl

For Hohl, making music with others is amazing. “It’s fun to have musicians come together and make something that can elicit emotion,” he said.

The Dirty Dogs is set and ready for a great performance. It will also be fun to hear bands play live music in the commons for the first time.

Two other members of the Dirty Dogs, Jake Hillstead and Kael Forsythe-Barker, met in Mr. Clyde’s class. As they got to know each other, they bonded over their love of Wallace and Gromit, and hatred for Nirvana (preposterous). In the corner of the class, they invented the Dirty Dogs Domain, an area covered in illustrations. Hence the name, “The Dirty Dogs.

Ever since, Jake and Kael have been making music and they recruited Henry Hohl along the way.  

MaKenna Stevens, the vocalist for the band, “Indigo Plain” is also looking forward to the competition. Stevens loves singing, writing, and creating her own music, and was even the sole writer of the original song they’re going to play. The other members of Indigo Plain, Seb Harrison, Cam Butler and Josh Harman, recruited Stevens after not having a singer and obviously, that needed to be fixed before the show. So they approached her, and she volunteered to sing vocals for their band.

PTSA chair Kristen Wray is happy that Battle of the Bands is up and running. “It’s back,” she said. “I love that interest in the competition is high this year. It will be fun to hear student music in the commons.”

Because of Monday’s virtual day, three bands dropped out of the competition last week.

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