Hang Around Victor Day Celebrates Student Musicians

On September 6, 2008, Hang Around Victor Day will pay tribute to Robert Michael Malley, the Founder of ‘The Battle of the Bands,’ a musical celebration of young, emerging musicians which has become synonymous with Hang Around Victor Day.


Malley was President of the Victor Chamber of Commerce until his untimely death on October 6, 2007.  A passionate music lover, he launched the Battle of the Bands in 2007 as a way to showcase the work of high school musicians. 


‘Rob loved music and particularly rock and roll,’ his sister Patty Malley explained. ‘He wrote his first song on a plastic guitar that was a Christmas Gift from Santa.’  She went on to share, ‘As an adult, when he saw that many kids in schools didn’t have instruments, and music was one of the first areas cut in financial crises, he wanted to change that.  Battle of the Bands was his way of letting kids share their passion for music and giving them the opportunity to be a Rock Star for a day.  He’d be honored and thrilled with this tribute.’


This year’s Battle of the Bands will take place in Mead Square Park off Main Street in downtown Victor, and will run from Noon to 5 p.m.


The Robert M. Malley Battle of the Bands is part of Hang Around Victor Day, presented by the Victor Chamber of Commerce. This all-day event takes place in downtown Victor on Saturday, September 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Families can enjoy a full day of fun beginning with the YMCA’s 5K race/walk that kicks off at 9:00 a.m.  There will be two stages of live ongoing entertainment, a Pet Parade hosted by Storybook Farm Veterinary Hospital, an enormous inflatable maze, a health and wellness tent and over 100 exhibitors of crafts, food and community services.  Audience members will be able to cast votes for their favorite bands by paper ballot or, through a partnership with Verizon, via text message. The bands that will be performing are Broken D, Out of Luck, The Racketeers and TCI.


Families can stay through the evening to attend Victor Fest from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This event offers fireworks, a rock climbing wall and the music of The Orient Express and Smart Talkers.  Food and beverages will be available for sale.


Admission and parking are free for all events, although there is an entry fee for the YMCA’s 5K race/walk, the proceeds of which will be donated to the YMCA’s ‘Invest in Youth’ program.

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