Instaband 2.0@GROOVE U



What Is instaband?


2018 Rules & Regulations Coming Soon!

Imagine the best high school band in central Ohio winning a recording contract complete with a studio EP, music video, booking support and graphic design. This is the grand prize for the winner of GROOVE U's 5th annual Instaband competition - becoming an instant band.

From start to finish, students enrolled in the revolutionary music career program at GROOVE U are producing this one-of-a-kind contest.

All the proceeds from Instaband benefit the GROOVE U scholarship fund and a local, music-centric, non-profit.

To learn more about the contest, the rules and some tips, check out the full About page.




February 2-3, 2018

GROOVE U Creative Campus* 


February 9-10, 2018

GROOVE U Creative Campus*



   Late February 2018
 5:00 PM Doors Open

6:00 PM Competition Begins

    Location: Skully’s Music Diner 1151 N. High Street
  Tickets & Pre-sale info TBD. 

*Creative Campus located at 5030 Bradenton Avenue Dublin, OH 43017



Thanks to the generous support of music fans here in central Ohio, GROOVE U, through the Instaband high school battle of the bands competitions, has donated more than $7,500 to several nonprofits that offer music-related youth programs.


We are proud to announce that our 2017 Instaband beneficiary is WCBE 90.5 FM.

WCBE 90.5 FM is a catalyst for community -- enriching lives by providing the best original, independent, & network programming, and by partnering with listeners and local organizations to grow and sustain our cultural and educational landscape.

WCBE has provided superior public radio programming for residents of Columbus and adjacent areas since 1956. WCBE estimates roughly 120,000 listeners tune weekly to our signal.  




A portion of the proceeds also benefit the GROOVE U Scholarship Fund. 

GROOVE U music career program awards scholarships to current students for academic excellence and entrepreneurial accomplishments.  Students starting their own business can apply for a scholarship to file their business with the Ohio Secretary of State.