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Bassist Tom Fasano of "Nice Shot, Kid." (Photo by Liliana Peralta)

by Rebecca Gordils

Mount Saint Mary College hosted a Battle of the bands on Saturday, March 29. The jam session was coordinated by Katrina Avila as part of her senior thesis.

During the event, which took place in the former Curtin Memorial Library, money was raised  for  Newburgh’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity and Newburgh Ministry.

Five bands from all over New York came out to perform, presenting a variety of different genres. Visuals, a funk/rock band from Yonkers; Pros & iCons, a pop/rock band from Poughkeepsie and the New York City area; Nice Shot, Kid, a pop-punk band from Long Island; Termina, an indie rock band from Newburgh; and Bounce Method, an alternative funk-rock band with reggae influences from the New York City area all added eclectic flavor with the different styles they were presenting.

The big winners of the night were Pros & iCons, with graduating Mount senior Joseph Mastando as their lead singer. The boys took home a cash prize of $200 and played an extra 15-minute encore with a few acoustic covers, including Justin Beiber’s “Beauty and the Beat” and Nsync’s “Bye Bye Bye.”

“Performing for the Mount and for charity was a great experience,” said the bass guitarist and backup vocalist of Visuals Angel Binet. “I felt like the audience was really listening, and the other bands were so supportive and talented. The Mount has got a great music community.”

Audience members enjoyed the event while purchasing icees, entering in a 50/50 raffle, and playing video games at Nice Shot, Kid’s merchandise table.

“It was great to have the opportunity to interact with such talented band members and purchase some of their music or merchandise,” said attendee and 50/50 raffle winner Jonathan Florez.