MIHS band earns fourth in 'Battle of the Bands'

During the school year, most high school bands focus on their marching technique and preparing for events by learning classic songs and styles. The Mercer Island High School band set those classics aside momentarily to learn a different type of genre: classic rock.

The MIHS band placed fourth in the radio station KZOK and Rock Wood Fired Pizza “Battle of the Bands” competition by playing “What is Hip,” a song by Tower of Power. The video of the band performing was filmed in the MIHS Commons.

Students, friends and the community texted in their votes with money and bragging rights on the line as 36 high schools around Western Washington competed for the title. In the end, Liberty High School earned $10,000 for the band department as the grand champion. MIHS received a pizza party from Comcast as the fourth-place school.

The contest’s celebrity judges included Blake Lewis, American Idol runner-up; Alan White, of Yes; Brad McDavid, the UW Husky marching band director; and Donn Bennett, of Donn Bennett Drum Studios.

To view the Mercer Island High School marching band video and those from other bands, go to or to

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