Crosstown Rivals, the brand new band that was created for the sole purpose of entering a Virtual Battle of the Bands, won third place in the contest.

Band creator, Josh Henze, 17, a junior at Quincy High School, heard the good news today and said “It is a big surprise, we are very excited.”

Members include drummer Nick Scholz, 15, a sophomore at Quincy Notre Dame, vocalist CJ Dean, 17, a senior at QHS, and bassist Brittany Griffin, 16, a junior at QHS.  They call themselves “Cross Town Rivals” because members are from both QND and QHS.

After the group submitted a home recording of a cover song, they were called and told they had been chosen as one of five finalists to come to Schaumburg and record an original song in a professional $5 million studio at the Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg, Ill.

Winning third place means the group will perform for the first time live at 2 p.m. Thursday at a barbecue held at the school along with the first- and second-place winners.

“We were staying positive and hoping it would happen, so we’ve been getting songs together for the performance,” Henze said.

The group will leave Wednesday with their parents and return late Thursday.

On Friday, the band is competing in another battle of the bands from 5-10 p.m. Friday at Vatterott College.

Jessica Martin