UNI to host 'Band-4-Bandz' to promote responsible drinking

Posted on Sunday, April 17th, 2005

Tina Heeren, event coordinator and founder, (319) 404-8430
Lora Ortiguerra, marketing and public relations co-chair, (515) 720-6878
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Band-4-Bandz, a three-day music festival promoting appropriate alcohol use, will take place April 21-23, at the University of Northern Iowa's West Gym.

Bands across the state compete to qualify for the final round of the Band-4-Bandz festival starting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 21. The competition continues at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23. One of 10 bands will be named 2005 Band-4-Bandz Battle Champion. The champion will win prizes, cash, merchandise and the opening slot for the 7 p.m. Saturday show.

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month. 'Drinking responsibly is an important message for the entire community; however, the message is particularly significant for a college community,' said Tina Heeren, Band-4-Bandz event coordinator and founder. 'In hopes of educating college students about the importance of good choices regarding alcohol, Band-4-Bandz partners live music with educational venues to present the topic in a fun, student-friendly atmosphere.'

Band-4-Bandz will host a number of educational programs, including guest speakers and educational presentations from the Iowa State Patrol, Fatal Vision, Budweiser Responsibility Matters, Mocktails, the B.R.A.D Foundation, the Hero Campaign and a number of other organizations.

The event is organized by UNI's Festivals and Special Events Management class, in partnership with The New Q92.3, True Music Budweiser, Club 4th & Main, The Reverb, Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau and Red Bull.

Passes for the Band-4-Bandz festival are available at the door for $5. For more information visit