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Alex Beard
Youth Initiative Specialist

20147 Ashbrook Pl
Suite 170
Ashburn, VA  20147

Youth Advisory Council

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) consists of student representatives from Loudoun County High Schools. Students are accepted into the program each summer and meet throughout the academic year to plan youth events for their peers, develop leadership skills and get involved with community service events throughout the county. 

Battle of the Bands

The annual Battle of the Bands is designed to provide middle school and high school students a safe place to spend a Friday night, while giving local youth bands the opportunity to perform in front of their peers and audition for a spot in the Loudoun YouthFest lineup. Winners of the first three battles advance to the finals.The winner of the final competition will open for the YouthFest headliner. Registration for bands and soloists opens in the fall of each year.

2016 Battle of the Bands - Applications

Applications are due by December 1, 2015.

  • Download the required expectations and permission form for Battle of the Bands 2016

2016 Battle of the Bands - Schedule

The first three competitions will be held on January 8, February 5 and March 4 at The Studio, 45449 Severn Way, Suite 165, Dulles, VA. Time: 6 p.m. Admission: $5.

The final battle will take place April 8 at Tally Ho, 19 W. Market Street, Leesburg, VA. Time: 6 p.m. Admission: $8. 

Loudoun YouthFest

YAC plans the annual Loudoun YouthFest which features a nationally known headliner, winners from the Battle of the Bands, great attractions, interactive exhibits and much more. Loudoun YouthFest 2016 will be held at The Barn at One Loudoun. 

Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition

Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition is a youth-focused event that identifies youth and community priorities, and helps create enthusiasm and momentum towards making Loudoun County "The Best Place to Grow Up".  This event provides opportunities for examining the priorities, influencing the strategies adopted for addressing the priorities, and for participating in the development of action plans.  Step Up encourages active engagement in youth-identified programs and services, and brings the diverse components of the community together, to include public and private schools, government, non-profit, faith-based, community, and business organizations, as well as the youth of Loudoun County. For more information or to register, please click here!

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