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Freeport High School band The Modest Proposal was judged best of the MAMM SLAM
 Freeport High School band The Modest Proposal was judged best of the MAMM SLAM

Port City Music Hall played host this past Saturday to the MAMM SLAM Finals, where six bands competed for the title of Best High School Band in Maine in front of more than 300 fans.  When the dust had settled, Freeport High School band The Modest Proposal were judged best of the lot and took home a prize package that included $1,000 in cash and a suite of other prizes that should get them well on the way to a career in the music business. The event was put on by the non-profit Maine Academy of Modern Music, with help from the Portland Music Foundation and MaineToday.com.


In addition to the cash prize, The Modest Proposal (www.facebook.com/themodestproposal) also were awarded the opening slot for Saturday night’s all-ages gig with Sparks The Rescue at Port City; a slot to play the Old Port Fest on the Maine Academy of Modern Music stage; and an opening slot for an Alive at 5 summer concert at Monument Square. They’ll also be guests of WCYY’s Mark Curdo on his Thursday night show “Spinout,” get themselves a tour of Gateway Studios from Grammy-winning mastering engineer Adam Ayan, and have a professional bio written by Portland Phoenix music columnist Sam Pfeifle. Other prizes include graphic design from McGilvry Design and recording studio time. 

In addition to the band prize, the judges also gave out individual awards based on performances throughout the preliminaries and finals of the MAMM SLAM. These included:

Best Vocalist - Philip Rogers (The Modest Proposal, Freeport HS)
Best Guitarist - Will Maxwell (Dusty Grooves, Cheverus HS)
Best Bassist - Collin Whitton (Finding Perfection, Scarborough HS)
Best Drummer - David Vitali (The Modest Proposal, Freeport HS)
Best Keyboardist - Ralph Miro (Finding Perfection, Scarborough HS)
Best Instrumentalist: Violin - Gabe Terracciano (Dusty Grooves, Cheverus HS)

The other bands that competed in the 2011 MAMM SLAM Finals were Crossed Out (Gorham HS), Dusty Grooves (Cheverus HS), Finding Perfection (Scarborough HS), Midnite Haze (Telstar HS) and The Twisted Truth (South Portland, Portland, and Casco Bay HS).

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