Bands that competed last year came in full costume and had a total theme to their performance.
The MC even told one band that his Grandpa called and wanted his clothes back. Several of the groups were full on retro get-up and danced and flopped around the stage with their heads looking like they were going to fall off. I thought that the judges would look beyond the costumes and focus on the music. I was wrong. The costumes and dancing won.
However, these guys now know what to expect and are looking forward to next year.
Update: Rick works at OCH with one of the men that was a judge at the Regional Competition. Yesterday he came to talk to Rick while he was working at Orem. He told Rick that hands down, Summer was the best vocalist in the competition. This guy disagreed with the other judges on who they placed first. He didn't really think that the best musicians won. oh well. It was a lot of fun.
And they will always have the title of the Maple Mountain Battle of Bands winner of the first season!!