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The OFF-RAMP

"Hi Rudy again, click me and I'll take you to meet the OR:27 Bands"
In purposeful conjunction with RAMP, Reindeer has launched The Off-Ramp, an extension of its popular statewide rock band competition, The Rock-Off. The new and improved competition (Exit 26 marks our 26th year of production) will be like “The Rock-Off meets The Apprentice,” and will not only be used as a funding source for RAMP, but will also be centered upon the very same five Units of study that are—not coincidentally—part of the RAMP curriculum.

In November of 2010, bands from across the state showcased their talent at The Westbrook Performing Arts Center where Reindeer announced the names of the 10 Best Young Bands who are being featured in the competition. From that point on, until the end of the school year, the competing bands will be challenged with various tasks (Songwriting, The Recording Experience, Live Event Production, Music Video Production and Marketing).

During the entire process,” bands will be evaluated in several ways, e.g. task tallies, public online polling, industry reps, etc. The “journey” will come to an end in May at The Final Showdown—a “star-powered,” red-carpet extravaganza saluting all 10 bands and all event partners, that names one band a winner and is also designed as a high profile fundraising/awareness event to promote the RAMP/AltEd curriculum efforts.

Applied Learning. The Off-Ramp will also serve as an exciting and fun opportunity for RAMP students to apply the curriculum in a very hands-on way, i.e. helping staff the event, evaluating the bands, etc.

The Off-RAMP is an extension of Reindeer’s very popular statewide Rock-Off competition, which we have produced since 1983. It is designed to provide educational, performing, and networking exposures and opportunities for high school age students. Our program encourages it’s participants to further develop their skills and pursue a career in music and/or music education. Through OFF-RAMP, musicians will be able to experience numerous elements of the music industry and discover the satisfaction that lies behind success in this business.

The OFF-RAMP History:

The OFF-RAMP Exit:26
November 6, 2010 Showcase Auditions, Westbrook PAC
May 7, 2011 Red Carpet Finale, Westbrook PAC
WINNERS: THE MODEST PROPOSAL (Freeport HS)
OTHERS: CROSSED OUT (Gorham HS.) THE RESISTANCE (Erskine Academy, ME Central Institute, Warsaw Middle School) WHERE'S ROBERT? (Mt. Ararat, Morse HS, Brunswick HS) BEWARE OF PEDESTRIANS (Gorham HS, Scarborough HS,) MIDNITE HAZE (Telstar Middle/HS) STUCK IN NEUTRAL (Boothbay Region HS) THE STUDY OF WUMBO (Scarborough HS, Kennebunk HS,)
Highlights: first year running The OFF-RAMP

The OFF-RAMP Exit:27

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