Bands can apply for the 24th annual Tri-C High School Rock Off in February

Attention high school-age rockers: start tuning those guitars and firing up those amps.

Before you know it, the holidays will be behind us, and it will be time for another Tri-C High School Rock Off.

(Metro Creative connection photos)

The 24th annual version the five Saturdays in February (yes, 2020 is a leap year) at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, according to a news release by event organizer Live Nation.

The Live Nation-Cleveland office is taking entry forms though Dec. 9.

“High School Rock Off is a great showcase for these talented young artists,” says Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in the news release. “In addition to being an incredibly fun experience, select participants also perform at Hall of Fame events and for some, the Rock Off has been their launchpad to successful music careers.”

Participating high school seniors will have the opportunity to apply for three PNC scholarships to study in Tri-C Creative Arts programs. PNC Bank will help students launch their careers in music by providing scholarships of up to $2,000 each to eligible students who enroll at Tri-C, the release states.

“The level of talent displayed in the High School Rock Off has amazed us year after year,” said Pat Pastore, PNC regional president of Cleveland, in the release. “We hope these scholarships will encourage students to follow their dreams and build the foundation for their careers, which will create a stronger Northeast Ohio economy in the long run.”

Here are more details, taken verbatim from the release:

Performance Rounds for 2020 Tri-C High School Rock Off:

Saturdays in February: 1, 8, 15 and 22

Performance rounds subject to change

THE FINAL EXAM: Saturday, February 29

Entry forms and details on the 2020 event are available at This website will host all of the most up-to-date information, photos, videos, music… anything Rock Off related. Also check us out on, and where you’ll be able to post your photos and comments.

For information on Creative Arts programs offered at Tri-C, visit To apply for the scholarships, participants should contact David Kennedy at 216-987-3277 or


All genres of high school bands and musicians are encouraged to enter. Interested performers can secure 2020 Rock Off entry forms online at

Entry Forms are also available by calling the Live Nation-Cleveland office at 216-622-6558. Applicants must complete and submit the Rock Off application along with a two-song demo of your music via or CD along with a $60 entry fee in a check or money order payable to Live Nation; please do not send cash. All performers must be enrolled in grade 12 or lower at the time of the competition to be eligible and at least half of the band members must be high school students. Entry fees will be refunded in full to performers not selected.

All forms, demos and entry fees must be mailed to Live Nation, 44 North Main Street, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 or hand delivered to Live Nation, 10 Bell Street, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022. Deadline to enter is Monday, December 9, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

Bands selected will play a 15-minute set during the Rock Off performance rounds at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. During each of the Rock Off rounds, three bands will be selected by a panel of judges to move on to “The Final Exam.” All finalists will record one original song at Tri-C’s Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts, which will be produced by Jim Stewart Recording and students from Tri-C’s Recording Arts program. These songs will be available as free downloads on at the time of The Final Exam.

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