Awaken wins Pattaya Music Challenge

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Youth band Awaken beat out 23 other rockers to win the 4th Pattaya Music Challenge, taking home 10,000 baht in prizes.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and city officials hosted the battle of the bands at Banglamung School Sept. 9. Fifteen of the 24 musicians ages 4-18 made the final round.

The band Humor won second place and 8,000 baht and band P.O.T. took the 6,000 baht third-place prize.

The award for outstanding guitar work went to Thummarat Uyatrakul, of Awaken. He took home a new electric guitar from Sound House Life and Studio Pattaya.

Winners and runners-up pose with officials at the Pattaya Music Challenge 2012.Winners and runners-up pose with officials at the Pattaya Music Challenge 2012.

In addition, the Social Welfare Department had invited Status Single, from Mono Music Records, to play for youth to be inspired and to stay away from drugs.

The Social Welfare Department organizes the annual Music Challenge to provide activities to keep kids away from drugs. Officials maintain that encouraging youngsters to take up music also can make them better citizens when they mature.

First runner-up was Humor band, receiving 8,000 baht from the mayor.First runner-up was Humor band, receiving 8,000 baht from the mayor.

P.O.T. takes the 6,000 baht third-place prize.P.O.T. takes the 6,000 baht third-place prize.

Contestants and honored guests cheer for their children in the 4th Pattaya Music Challenge organized by the Pattaya Social Welfare Department.Contestants and honored guests cheer for their children in the 4th Pattaya Music Challenge organized by the Pattaya Social Welfare Department.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome (left) presents the outstanding guitarist award to Thummarat Uyatrakul from Awaken (right); an electric guitar from Sound House Life and Studio PattayaMayor Itthiphol Kunplome (left) presents the outstanding guitarist award to Thummarat Uyatrakul from Awaken (right); an electric guitar from Sound House Life and Studio Pattaya

Awaken wins the title of best youth band, and accepts the winning trophy and cash from Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome.Awaken wins the title of best youth band, and accepts the winning trophy and cash from Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome.