On May 31, Westfield North County’s second annual Battle of the Bands competition will feature ten musical performances, with participants as young as ten, as part of its continued efforts to support the arts and encourage personal growth in youth through music. Supporters include the event’s emcee FM94/9 DJ Tim Pyles, host of the all local music program The Local 94/9, music educator and guitar instructor Mark Huls and more. Alongside the youth performances, this year’s mid-show headliner is award-winning indie singer/songwriter, Josh Damigo.

One of the bands performing this year will be The Santana Brothers B.A.N.D., a Carmel Valley-based, high-energy rock band made up of the Santana triplets Brendan, Alexander and Nathan, older brother Daniel Santana and keyboardist Jacob “J.T.” Bader. Music runs deep in the Santana brother’s genes, rooting back to their father’s cousin, Carlos Santana. The brothers formed the band in 2012 to help Nathan live out his dreams of becoming a singer – something he was told would not be possible due to a seizure disorder and autism. As a reminder to its fans to always follow dreams and never stop believing, the band often plays Nathan’s adopted anthem, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” With a wide repertoire that includes influences ranging from 50s classics to today’s hits, The Santana Brothers B.A.N.D. has rocked the stage at various San Diego venues and events such as the House of Blues, The San Diego County Fair and was a featured band at the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon. The Santana Brothers B.A.N.D. hopes to release its first single, “Freedom,” in July 2014, which is dedicated to all individuals who have served in the US military and plan to donate 50% of all profits to a military non-profit.

The winning band will be awarded the opportunity to record a song demo with local engineer Eric Wilcox who has worked with artists such as Jewel, Neville Brothers and Natalie Merchant.

For more information about Battle of the Bands visit Westfield North County’s Facebook page, call 760-489-0631, or follow on Twitter for updates at @WestfieldNC or via the event hashtag, #NorthCountyBOTB.