Pizzastock band battle returns Dec. 29

 COURTESY PHOTOPizzastock 3.5 takes place Dec. 29 at the Tupelo Music Hall, 10A St. in Derry. The band battle event began as a way to support local teens and music while honoring the memory of Derry teen Jason Flood.

DERRY — Pizzastock 3.5, a fundraising event held in memory of Derry teen Jason Flood and presented by Tupelo Music Hall, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 29, noon to 4 p.m.

The battle of the bands event features house band Fourth Degree, with three battling bands including Stepping Stones, In Debt and Crescendo’s Gate.

A panel of three judges will review, score and name the winner. The judges for the event are Nicole Knox Murphy, Toby Stillson and Derry’s own Craig O’Leary from O’Leary Music.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Jason R. Flood Memorial and The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Derry.

“We are thrilled to be hosting a second battle of the bands competition at Tupelo Music Hall,” said Douglas Flood, executive director of the Jason R. Flood Memorial/Pizzastock. “We are so excited to see our momentum growing as we enter our third year of spreading music and breaking down barriers for mental health and suicide prevention. This year we will have two hostesses familiar to our Pizzastock family, Jenna Sullivan and Amara Phelps. To round out the event, the competition we’ll have three musical experts as judges and will give bragging rights and a $250 seed check for the winner."

Bands featured in the battle are Stepping Stones, a a four-piece band hailing from the Derry/Londonderry area. The band's genre ranges from blues, rock, funk and jazz. They have played numerous gigs throughout Southern New Hampshire and headlined Pizzastock 3 in July 2019.

In Debt is a new band that has had numerous engagements including The Upper Room and Center for Life Management galas. In Debt consists of Morgane Grace, lead vocalist/songwriter studying at Berklee College of Music; Jason Jarek, guitarist and recent graduate of Pinkerton Academy; Avelina Carbone, pianist and graduate of Pinkerton Academy; and Alex Fellows, drummer and Pinkerton Academy graduate attending UMass Lowell.

Crescendo's Gate is a four-piece band out of Southern New Hampshire that has appeared on television and in performances for Gov. Chris Sununu. The band is the winner of Super Fan Favorite at the Northeast Youth Music and Arts Festival. Members include Ella Burroughs, vocals; Joey Peavey, lead guitar; Lindy Snell, drums; and Jake Young, bass.

House band Fourth Degree won Pizzastock 2.5 and is made up of members Tate Pinyochon, guitar; Tommie Wood, drums; Jake Hudgins, keyboards/vocals; Ryan Geary, bass.

In addition to the battle of bands, the event will host community partners such as The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center and the Center for Life Management, on hand to provide information, resources and have a public conversation on suicide prevention and mental health awareness.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Tupelo Music Hall ( or at The Grind Rail Trail Café. Interested businesses and individuals wanting to sponsor the event or contribute in-kind donations can contact event coordinators at 603-247-3027 or visit, the event page at and the Jason Flood memorial page at

Pizzastock was launched in 2017 as a way for the Flood family to connect with local youth musicians and honor the memory of Jason Flood. In its third year, Pizzastock expanded its reach by bringing even more bands together and providing community nonprofits a forum to openly discuss mental health issues and suicide prevention. To learn more, contact Doug Flood at 603-432-4726 or visit

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