Battle of the Recorded Bands

How does it work?

1. Use the library’s awesome production studios to record your music.
2. Then submit your song to the contest – selected songs will be posted on our website and put to a vote.
3. The creator's song that gets the MOST VOTES will be invited to play a live gig at the library.
4. Winners announced on April 11.

Each participating band must submit an entry form + release.

All those who enter the contest will be automatically entered into a drawing for prizes provided by Guitar Center.

win this guitar win this ukulele cosponsored and prizes provided by guitar center

Submission guidelines and rules of the competition

  • The Battle of the Recorded Bands contest will be held from February 1–March 31. Bands/solo musicians can submit songs to the contest any time up to and including the March 31 deadline.
  • Songs should be no longer than 5 minutes in length. Individuals and bands may submit up to 3 songs. Submissions are not guaranteed to be included on the website for the public vote. Each person who enters the contest will be automatically entered into a raffle for prizes provided by Arlington Heights Guitar Center.
  • Songs should be submitted to
  • Questions about submission format, or anything else, can be directed to 847- 506-2674.
  • Songs containing language or content not appropriate for all ages will not be considered for public voting and live performance invitation.
  • Musicians should be 12–18 years of age. Adults may assist musicians, but the songs submitted must be performed and recorded by teens only.
  • A significant element of each song entered should be recorded, produced or engineered in the Studio.
  • The Studio provides the capacity to record voice, electronic drums, electronic keyboard and other virtual instruments. Any other instruments will need to be brought in by contestants. Musicians wishing to include live drum tracks will need to record them outside of the library and import the tracks.

Need some assistance? Sign up for a class, or book a one-on-one appointment.

Class schedule

Basic Audio Production

Free Classes in partnership with Guitar Center

You 'Uke: Learn to play the Ukelele! 

Tuesday, March 18, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the Cardinal Room

Learn how to play the ukulele just in time to host your own luau! With help from The Guitar Center you will be strumming away to an island beat in no time.  Register beginning March 1st.

Guitar 101!

Tuesday, April 15  from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the Cardinal Room

You don't have to play air guitar anymore! Come in and learn to play the guitar with help from The Guitar Center. Pick up a guitar and learn to jam out!  Register beginning April 1st.