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Battle of the bands leads to college scholarships

Band students can earn college scholarship money (Source: WALB) Band students can earn college scholarship money (Source: WALB)
"We want them to know we care about band students," said Blackwell (Source: WALB) "We want them to know we care about band students," said Blackwell (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

"We had over $100,000 offered, scholarships, offered today on the spot," said Danielle Blackwell, CEO and Founder. 

High school band students know the possibility of music helping pay for college is not a far reach. 

"A hobby, just playing the flute, the guitar or dance or you might be an artist, that can take you to a full ride education and school," said Blackwell. 

Saturday at the Albany Civic Center, you can hear the sounds of bands but organizers want people to know, this music, can equal a college education. 

"We've had about 25 students audition and already two of those students were offered full rides," said Blackwell. 

High schools from different counties battled to showcase their abilities...not just to each other but to college scouts as well. The ticket sales will also help fund these programs for years to come. 

"All of the ticket sales money goes back to the school. We want to give each high school money for their programs and each college. money for scholarship," said Blackwell.

The lesson for students: work hard at your talent, whatever it may be and it might just pay off. 

"Football, basketball, we love y'all. But here, the arts get scholarships too," said Blackwell. 

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