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All-Ohio High-School Battle of the Bands

All Original Music

Only One Winner Leaves with the Grand Prize:


a legit recording contract with GROOVE U’s Elementary Records, complete with a studio EP, music video, concert booking, and promotion - all for free, all because you won.

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Become an Instant BAnd


Imagine performing your own original songs live on stage in front of hundreds of your current (and future) fans. Imagine you and your band competing with the other best high school bands in Ohio. Now, imagine yourself winning a recording contract complete with a studio EP, music video, concert booking, promotion, and more.

This is the grand prize for the winner of GROOVE U’s annual Instaband competition. Read more…



All Finalists receive a $1,000 Emerging Talent Scholarship towards Tuition at GROOVE U.

Forever Unknown - 2019 Winner

Forever Unknown - 2019 Winner

First Place

A studio EP recorded in GROOVE U’s professional studios, a music video, concert booking, album cover design, distribution, and promotion. All through GROOVE U’s student=run record label, Elementary Records.

See the bands who have won in previous years!

Ink - 2019 2nd Place

Ink - 2019 2nd Place

Second Place

Sponsored prizes, such as

  • Audio Technica headphones

  • studio time at local studios

  • microphones

  • concert tickets

Evan Hoffman - 2019 3rd Place

Evan Hoffman - 2019 3rd Place

Third Place

Sponsored prizes, such as

  • record store discounts

  • local music store gift cards/equipment

  • concert tickets

  • assorted prize package of tickets and discounts to music shows and stores


second and third place prizes are all examples. since sponsors vary each year, so do the prizes. See this year’s sponsors


Instaband 2020 Schedule


February 7-8 OR February 14-15, 2020
Time: Individually Scheduled with the Artists. 

@ GROOVE U Creative Campus
5030 Bradenton Avenue Dublin, OH 43017 


Thursday February 27, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM

@ Skully’s Music Diner
1151 N High St. Columbus, OH 43201