Ocean County Vocational Technical School's annual "TechFest" music festival is back and bigger and better than ever with its fifth installment coming up in April.

TechFest Team
Photo Courtesy: OCVTS

The event raises money for scholarships for students from the OCVTS Audio Recording Program and Performing Arts Academy, but audio instructor and "TechFest" co-creator Bill Bourke says that's not all.

"Kids that don't have an opportunity to play concerts can play a concert," Bourke said.  "And kids who don't have the opportunity in high school to work or intern at a concert venue can have the opportunity to actually organize and run one for an entire day."

This year, the event moves to its largest venue yet - the Brick Civic Center on Chambers Bridge Road.  Bourke says that's going to give his students an even bigger chance to show off their skills.

"There are no accommodations there at all as far as, you know, sound or lights," Bourke said.  "Typically, we've had at least maybe a stage or a stage and sound.  So, this year, the kids are going to construct two stages literally from nothing."

"TechFestFive" will bring dozens of bands to those two stages on April 18, 2015.  Doors open at 1pm and the first performance begins at 3pm.  Tickets are $15 with proceeds going toward future scholarships.

If you can't make it, but would still like to help out, check out the "TechFestFive" website for donation information.

TechFestFive Poster
Image Courtesy: OCVTS

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