GM’s Abby Wright Advances in Rock Band Competition

Posted on January 27, 2015, in Band, Events

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Performing, recording, and competing — General McLane junior Abby Wright is quickly learning the ropes of the music industry.

A member of Jack’s Mom, a band from the Rock School at World of Music in Erie, Wright competed in the Tri-C High School Rock Off at Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past weekend.

She did more than compete — she excelled. Jack’s Mom placed in the top three in the competition and is now moving on to the finals, which will return to Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 7, 2015. The band will compete against 14 other bands.

“I’m really excited, the whole experience has been awesome,” said Wright.

Only 72 bands were selected to play a 15-minute set during the six Rock Off semifinal rounds at The Rock Hall. During each of the semifinal rounds, three bands were selected by a panel of judges to move on to “The Final Exam.”

Wright plays the electric guitar for the group. She has been playing for almost seven years. Ryan Krysiak, a local rock musician, is the manager/owner and teacher at the Rock School at World of Music.

As a student at General McLane, Wright is involved in the Marching Band, Jazz Band and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. She has earned a spot in both the PMEA District Band and Jazz Band Festivals.

According to Wright, music is important to her because it’s something she enjoys that also connects her to new people.

“Music is a way to bring people together in ways people never expect, it’s a way to connect without having to talk,” Wright said. “Music is a different language.

Jack’s Mom is one of three bands from the Rock School at World of Music in Erie who competed in the contest. M4, another Erie band, also earned a trip to the finals.

The 19th Annual Tri-C® High School Rock Off, which is an annual battle of the High School bands and solo performers, is presented by Live Nation, Scene Magazine, Fox 8 and 96.5 KISS FM.

For a recap of the event, please check out the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s article. Jack’s Mom is also on YouTube.