(Cleveland) - The 2014 Tri-C High School Rock Off was a huge success, with a winner being crowned at the House of Blues.

The competition sponsored by Live Nation and Kiss 96.5 FM, brought Greater Cleveland's most talented high school rock bands together to compete and learn about the music industry.

The contestants were whittled down to 15 finalists, with the winner being the reggae band Backstage Politics, consisting of students from Beachwood, Hathaway Brown, Lake Catholic, and University School.

For finishing in first place, Backstage Politics will split $1,000 in cash. The band was awarded a $1,000 gift card from the Ohio Music Shop. Their high school music program will receive $250.

Backstage Politics

Coming in second was a band called Steve which will split $200 cash with $150 for their school program. The Visitors finished third, with its members dividing $100.

Barry Gabel of Live Nation tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, all 15 finalists got to professional record an original song at the Tri-C Recording and Technical Arts Studio. You can hear their songs at KissCleveland.com/rockoff .

Steve performs on stage.

Gabel explains the teens really got into the competition and ripped it up, but even better was the teamwork and camaraderie they fostered, as they gained experience of what it is like to work in the music business.

Gabel reports all types of music genres were covered, from modern rock, to hip-hop, indie folk, and blues.

(Photos provided by Live Nation)

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