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May 1, 2014

Garage band musicians

ENID, Okla. — The first Tri-State Music Festival Garage Band competition drew two competing bands on Thursday evening.

Parker Coats and Zach Rayner, who formed the Parker Coats Band this semester, were first to perform — after the first scheduled band did not show up to play in the competition.

Rayner said the two thought it would be “a cool experience” to perform in the competition.

“We thought it would be fun,” he said.

The two play songs including “Stacy’s Mom,” “Shine” and “Hold on Loosely.”

Coats plays drums, while Rayner plays guitar.

“We’re in a jazz band class in school. That’s kind of where it all started,” Rayner said.

The two attend Pond Creek-Hunter High School.

Two brothers made up the second participating band.

Logan Bush and Griffin Bush, both students at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita, Kan., formed the band Kill Vargas after playing music together for years.

“We’ve started playing shows kind of just around the Midwest, like middle of last year,” Logan said.

The two listened to other bands and attended a Green Day concert.

“That’s what inspired us to really start working hard in music,” Logan said.

The band focuses on an alternative rock style of music, and the brothers write their own songs.

Logan plays the drums and Griffin sings and plays the guitar.

“We just play anywhere we can, because it’s hard to find shows right now because of our age. We can’t get in bars, so we just play anywhere,” Logan said.

The two released a CD, “Noise,” in September 2013. They have plans to release another CD in September of this year.

Participating bands had to be made up of at least two students currently attending an Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association-affiliated high school, but middle school students could participate as long as the band primarily was made up of high school students.

The winner of the competition was going to be hired for $300 by Main Street Enid to perform during a future First Friday downtown event.

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