Instaband @GROOVE U



What Is instaband?


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 local music on WCBE 90.5 FM

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




February 3, 2017

5:30 PM Instafan Expo

7:00 PM Competition Begins

9:15 PM Votes Tallied/Winner Announced

GROOVE U Creative Campus* 


February 10, 2017

5:30 PM Instafan Expo

7:00 PM Competition Begins

9:15 PM Votes Tallied/Winner Announced

GROOVE U Creative Campus*


Semifinal Tickets: $5 at the door

Parking available at Creative Campus lots for $5 donation


   Thursday, February 23, 2017
 5:00 PM Doors Open

6:00 PM Competition Begins

    Location: Skully’s Music Diner 1151 N. High Street**
  Tickets $20 at the Door. Pre-sale available here!

*Creative Campus located at 1300 Forsythe Avenue, Columbus, OH, 43201

**Parking available at GROOVE U lots for Final Competition. Shuttle to Skully's available.


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.