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North Ridgeville teen, band place 2nd at Rock Off Final Exam

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    Assault took second place at the Tri-C High School Rock Off on Saturday night. From left, Dave McJunkins, Preston Murphy, Owen Pooley, Connor Nelson and Dylan Andras are pictured Saturday.



A North Ridgeville High School student and his band Assault placed second Saturday at this year’s Tri-C High School Rock Off Final Exam in Cleveland.

“It really meant a lot to be able to win it for me. And to be honest I’m kinda bummed we didn’t place first, but it’s not that bad placing second in a group of (about) 40 bands,” Dylan Andras said Sunday night.

Influenced by the likes of Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Pantera, Assault — Andras, guitarist Connor Nelson, drummer Owen Pooley and bassist Preston Murphy — represented North Ridgeville High School, Rocky River High School, Lake Erie International High School and Strongsville High School in the competition.

Murphy took the place of regular band member Dave McJunkins, of Berea, in the competition because McJunkins didn’t meet the contest’s age limit.

The Tri-C High School Rock Off’s Final Exam featured 12 bands vying for first place, which includes $1,000 cash and $250 for their high school music program. Second place receives $250 cash and $100 for their high school music program, and third place gets $100 cash.

The top winners of this year’s Rock Off:

  • First — Peter McPoland and the Haps (The Woodlands, Texas)
  • Second — Assault
  • Third — Charm the Guard (Hathaway Brown in Shaker Heights and Copley High School)
  • Third — Caroline Ayers (Riverbend High School, Virginia)

Peter McPoland and the Haps will receive the opportunity to perform at a Live Nation or House of Blues Cleveland concert as an opening act and at The Rock Hall’s annual Summer in the City program on the new Rock Hall Plaza Stage.

In addition to one of the finalists performing next summer at Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, several Rock Off bands will have the opportunity to perform throughout the summer at Edgewater Live.

All finalists will record one original song at Tri-C’s Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts, which will be produced by Jim Stewart Recording and students from Tri-C’s recording arts and technology program.

In the future, Dylan said, he hopes to move forward in this musical career with his fellow bandmates.

To download recordings from this year’s Rock Off, visit

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