Naperville Rocks Out

Naperville high schoolers had a chance to channel their inner rock stars during a recent competition.

Nine bands took to the stage at Central Park for the “Battle of the Bands”.

The Naperville Park District Youth Ambassadors hosted the ninth annual competition. The organization consists of high-school aged students.

“So many things are geared around athletics in our community, and we serve those kids very well,” said event organizer Fred Gusel. Gusel is also the Superintendent of Recreation for the Naperville Park District. “But there is also that creative, artistic side. I think this helps fulfill that need as well and gives them an opportunity to come out and play.”

Food and Fire, a band from Neuqua Valley, was the winner of this year’s competition. With the win, they will earn a spot to play at Ribfest this summer.

“I’m ecstatic man! It is just the craziest thing,” said Food and Fire’s drummer Aidan Manke. “Peter (the singer) worked hard because he made us play the songs over and over and over again. But it was worth it as you can see.”

The second and third place finishers will play at Naperville Park District’s “Rollin’ on the River” series on July 8th.


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