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Eugene punk band tapped for Warped gig

EPD (for Eugene Punk Department), a band of North Eugene and Springfield high seniors, has scored a slot on the Vans Warped Tour.

The rock show - which features Simple Plan, Dropkick Murphys, Glassjaw and umpteen other bands - comes to St. Helens on July 6.

EPD submitted an MP3 version of its song "Ruins of Chaos" to Battle of the Bands 7, a nationwide talent search hosted by Ernie Ball Inc. The contest drew entries from 2,600 groups, and 170 were selected to perform on the tour.

EPD was picked, along with three other Oregon groups, to play in St. Helens.

"I had forgotten about the whole thing because we'd been dealing with a lot of other stuff and we'd just gotten out of school and we were working on other things," said Sam Wartenbee, the group's singer and guitarist. "I get this e-mail 11 o'clock at night; it totally surprised me. We were all really excited."

Wartenbee's bandmates include guitarist and vocalist Crozz Kneale and drummer Chase Eichengreen. The group recently welcomed its longtime bassist, Chris Wilson, back into the fold.

You can hear music by EPD and other finalists at battle.ernieball.com/bb7/.

Musicians team up

to aid military families

A group of musicians have banded together to help the families of U.S. soldiers who have been disabled or killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. The JimJams - featuring Gene Perry (trumpet, bass), Guy Mayes (percussion) and Jim Hallwyer (keyboards) - are raising funds for a college scholarship fund for military families.

The group - which also features singers Phil Belcher, Hannah Bates and Becky Hallwyler - will do a backyard concert on Wednesday at 1720 White Oak Drive and a show on Thursday at Berean Baptist Church, 1210 Chambers St. Both performances will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call 485-1999.

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