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Teens, tweens preparing to jam during Guitar Hero/Rock Band tournament

By Staff | Dec 27, 2010

Some of the kids that plan to participate in the Guitar Hero/Rock Band Tournament on Dec. 31 beginning at 8:30 p.m. took time on Monday to practice the popular video game... as well as their best rock star pose!

You wanted the best? You got the best! The hottest band in the world… YOUR KIDS!

For the second consecutive year, during the City of Sanibel’s official New Year’s Eve Party, teens and tweens attending the soiree will have a chance to claim rock and roll immortality — albeit on a smaller scale — during the Guitar Hero/Rock Band tournament.

“Last year, we knew that we wanted to have some sort of video game tournament for the older kids who would be coming to the New Year’s Eve party,” said Rec Center staffer Chad Gosselin. “We had just purchased the Rock Band game for the Wii system, and we needed to do something that would utilize the Osprey Room. Then, everything just came together.”

According to Gosselin, the Guitar Hero/Rock Band tournament will be supervised by fellow employees Greg Gleason and Billy Lees. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place finishers competing in each game staged by the staff.

Prizes will include $50 gift certificates — from island businesses and restaurants — for first place winners, $25 gift certificates for second place winners and t-shirts for third place winners.

Jamming to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "American Girl" are, from left, Zach Farst, Andrew and Megan Lomano.

“We have Rock Band 3, Guitar Hero 5 and The Beatles Rock Band games,” noted Dave DeFonzo, Program Specialist at the Rec Center. “Since the theme of this year’s party is ‘Come Together,’ that sort of fits in perfectly with The Beatles game.”

The bracket-style tournament will kick-off at 8:30 p.m. in the Osprey Room, which also features xBox and arcade games, foosball, air hockey, ping pong and a basketball hoop shoot game.

Youngster Hannah Carrall is looking forward to playing Guitar Hero against all comers.

“I’ll play against anybody,” the 9-year-old said on Monday during a practice round. “I really like the music.”

Friend and fellow Rock Band enthusiast Elsa Peterson, 10, stated that her father and brother taught her how to play the game.

“My dad likes kinda slow rock and roll… but I prefer hip hop,” said Peterson. “I’d like to see them come out with a Rock Band with hip hop music.”

The Guitar Hero/Rock Band tournament is expected to conclude by 10 p.m. Participants may sign up for the competition beginning at 8 p.m. in the Osprey Room, located adjacent to the water features pool.

For more information about Sanibel’s New Year’s Eve Party, call the Rec Center at 472-0345.