The City of Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting its first ever "Battle of the Bands" youth competition on Sept. 13 and 20. Each event will start at 3 p.m. at Oso Recreation Center at 1111 Bernice Dr. in Corpus Christi.

The Battle of the Bands is designed to showcase the talents of local songwriters and musical performers, organizers said. Youth ages 6 to 17 years old from the surrounding area schools are eligible to compete.

Bands will be judged on technical performance, stage presence, professional demeanor and audience reaction.

Each participant is required to submit an application, demo tape and a $10 registration fee no later than 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 to the Oso Recreation Center. For more details, entrants are asked to call 991-3700 or 884-9552.