Over $100,000 in support pledged to CAKE contest

Over 65 schools now confirmed to participate in CAKE'S "Federal Funding March" competition with more expected

CAKE’s initiative to raise awareness about the importance of music education is well underway.

“The Federal Funding March,” a nationwide high school and college marching band competition, has over 65 schools already committed and over 100 expected to participate. Several sponsors are already on board, including National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), Music & Arts, Yamaha, Fender and ProMark, who have pledged to donate musical instruments and support to the campaign, while Rolling Stone is donating thousands of dollars in advertising. The addition of more sponsors is imminent and will be announced shortly.

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To register your marching band and download the free charts, please fill out this short survey. The deadline to submit your marching band video is October 31, 2011.

Launched in conjunction with the US Scholastic Band Association (USSBA), participating schools are required to submit a video of their marching band performing CAKE’s song, “The Federal Funding March,” an adaptation of a track off their latest album "Showroom of Compassion."

CAKE is providing full marching band arrangement and charts of the song to the USSBA. The video submissions will be narrowed down to 10 finalists, nine of which will be selected by the band, leaving one wild card slot to be selected by the public. The winning school, chosen for the creativity and quality of their performance, will win an opportunity to participate and perform in the official music video for “Federal Funding,” which would be filmed in early 2012 in the winning school’s hometown.

The deadline for all submissions is October 31, 2011. Further details, including additional prizing, will be announced at a later date.

The non-profit USSBA and its parent company, Youth Education in Arts, provide a platform for talented high school students to participate in competitive events around the country. With a network of over 800 high schools, USSBA’s partnership with CAKE will continue to bring awareness to the importance of music education.

“The Federal Funding March” is based on CAKE trumpet player Vincent DiFiore’s instrumental arrangement. He explains, “With all the brass, the album track for ‘Federal Funding’ already sounded like it was a great arrangement for a marching band. It has strong syncopation and a bouncy bottom-end. For the “Federal Funding March,” the electric guitar, electric bass, and drum kit were omitted. In their place are saxophones, low brass, flutes, and tenor drums. It is our hope that band directors everywhere will find this arrangement appealing for its rhythmic groove, melodic sensibility, and thematic timeliness.”

Read Vincent DiFiore’s CNN Op-Ed here.

"The interest level in 'The Federal Funding March' contest has been growing among bands since the very day we announced the project with CAKE,” says Sean King, marketing director for Youth Education in the Arts and the US Scholastic Band Association. “Our world champion national touring ensemble spread the message all summer and we're excited to see more bands register after a few high profile events in the coming weeks. The fact that leaders in the music industry are banding together with us to deliver the message of music in the schools while making this contest such a success is a credit to CAKE, and the worthwhile promise of this promotion."

CAKE’s recent album, "Showroom of Compassion", debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 upon its release earlier this year. The album continues to receive acclaim with recent appearances on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” as well as "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" "Lopez Tonight," "Conan," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," and more. Most recently, the band performed a show-stopping set on CBS Interactive Music Group’s famously popular concert webcast series, "Live on Letterman," followed by a performance on "The Late Show with David Letterman."

Currently, the band is in the midst of a world tour that sold out within minutes of being announced. The dates took them across the U.S., connecting them with their ceaselessly loyal fan base that has supported the band’s live performances since the release of their first album in 1993.

CAKE is John McCrea, Vincent DiFiore, Xan McCurdy, Gabriel Nelson and Paulo Baldi.


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