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Posted: May 16, 2016

Work in Progress wins MAMM SLAM 2016: Maine’s high school battle of the bands

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Congratulations to Work in Progress, winners of the 2016 Mamm Slam. The finals happened on Saturday, May 14 at the Portland House of Music.

Work in Progress is Nathaniel Clay, Josh Caiazzo, Zach Brodeur, Justin Caiazzo and Justin Lindsay. The musicians are students at Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough High Schools.

The prize package included $1000 and recording studio time.


2016 MAMM SLAM winners Work in Progress. From left to right: Nathaniel Clay, Josh Caiazzo, Zach Brodeur, Justin Caiasso and Justin Lindsay. Photo by Samuel Cousins

2016 MAMM SLAM winners Work in Progress. From left to right: Nathaniel Clay, Josh Caiazzo, Zach Brodeur, Justin Caiasso and Justin Lindsay. Photo by Samuel Cousins

MAMM SLAM brings teen bands and solo performers (singer/songwriters and DJ’s) together in a friendly competition that showcases their musical talents. They’ll be judged on all the elements that matter in real-world music careers, including songwriting, performance skills, web presence, marketing and other aspects of being a professional touring and recording musician.

The preliminary round was held April 9 at Bayside Bowl to determine the six bands that are moving on to the finals. Fading Dawn  (Camden Hills Regional & Oceanside East high schools), Psycho Brahe  (Windham High School), Liam Swift  (Casco Bay High School), Work In Progress  (Cape Elizabeth & Scarborough high schools), Yard Sail  (Thornton Academy, Casco Bay & Cheverus high schools) and the MaineToday Wildcard Winner: The Rubber Band  (Windham High School).

We have photos from the rockin good time all had at Bayside Bowl on Saturday in our Party Pics.

Winners of the 2016 MAMM SLAM have a crack at $1000, sponsored by the Rusty Rocket Music Fund, along with coveted recording time, radio appearances, plum gigs, a tour of Gateway Mastering, and college scholarships to the Maine College of Art (MECA) of up to $16,000 per year to each member of the winning band. Awesome, right?

The finals will be held on Saturday, May 14th at Portland House of Music & Events. Doors open at 1pm and tickets cost $12. It pays to know the bands, as they have $2 off coupons for the show!

The 2016 Finalists!

Fading Dawn

Camden Hills Regional High School and Oceanside East High School
Alex Winn (lead guitar, backing vocals), Dylan Hitz (guitar, lead vocals), Jason Pierce (bass, backup vocals), Tyler Bilodeau (drums)
// Check them out


Psycho Brahe

Windham High School
Olivia Mora (bass), Avery Schrock (guitar) and Caleb Schrock (drums)
// Check them out


The Rubber Band

Windham High School
David Young (guitar, vocals), Seth Martin (guitar, vocals), Cooper Gaudet (bass), Deven Young (drums)
// Check them out


Work In Progress

Scarborough High School and Cape Elizabeth High School
Zachary Brodeur (keyboard), Justin Lindsay (guitar), Justin Caiazzo (bass), Josh Caiazzo (drums, vocals), Nathaniel Clay (alto and tenor sax)
// Check them out


David Young

Windham High School
David Young (guitar, harmonica, vocals)
// Check him out



Yard Sail

Casco Bay High School, Thorton Academy and Cheverus High School
Esmé Howland (keyboard), Skyler Cummings (bass, vocals), Emma Ivy (vocals), Ève Gagné (drums), Zoé Gagné (guitar),
// Check them out




Liam Swift

Casco Bay High School
Liam Swift (piano & vocals)
// Check him out




Voting is now closed!

The results of this poll determined the Wild Card entry into the finals round – The Rubber Band.

mamm slam results1 2016

For information on the Maine Academy of Modern Music: Check out Facebook: MAMMrocks and Twitter: @mammrocks for updates.

The MAMM SLAM is generously sponsored by, Rusty Rocket Music Fund, Coffee By Design, State Theatre, Portland House of Music & Events, Bayside Bowl, Crooked Cove, State Theatre and Gateway Mastering, with support from WCYY, WBLM, Maine Magazine, WPXT-TV and Maine College of Art.

MAMM is dedicated to creating positive life experiences through innovative and inclusive music programs that promote resiliency, self-expression, creativity, and determination. The Maine Academy of Modern Music offers Rock Camps, Music Lessons, Rock Bands, Gigs and the annual high school rock off called The MAMM SLAM.

MAMM also offers summer camp programs. Check out the 2016 offerings.



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