University Students, Band Members Win Ziegfest ‘Battle of the Bands,” Earn Spot to Open Music Festival

 In Alumni News

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – University student Adam Hollaway and former University student Jake Ward, and their band, The Elise, won the 2013 Ziegfest Battle of the Bands, which earned them a spot to open the 11th annual Ziegfest music festival held October 25 at Whataburger Field in downtown Corpus Christi.

The process was long and the competition was tight, but Hollaway, drummer; Ward, lead singer; Derek Galvan, bass player; and Paul Teltschik, lead guitarist, edged above competitors to claim the title of 2013 Ziegfest Battle of the Bands champions.

“Winning the contest and getting to play at Ziegfest was a crazy experience,” said Ward. “We are all really blessed to have gotten the opportunity and are so thankful for it.”

The first-phase of the competition included approximately 20 bands that had to promote themselves using social media to accumulate as many online votes as possible. The four bands with the highest number of votes were invited to play at the second-phase, a 30-minute set at the 2013 Battle of the Bands at Brewster Street Ice House, on October 2.

During the Ziegfest music festival, The Elise opened ahead of Kevin Fowler, the Casey Donahew Band, Reckless Kelly and Uncle Lucius; all notable figures in Texas country music. You can follow The Elise on Facebook to get information on upcoming shows and appearances.

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