Carmel Bach to Rock band finishes 2nd nationally


This wasn’t a case of catching Lightning in a Bottle.

The band, Lightning in a Bottle, put in the time to finish runner-up in Bach to Rock national completion.

Mackenzie Edwards, 16, has been singing with the band for three years. Edwards will be a Carmel High School junior in August while Kyle Beach, who plays the drums, while be a CHS freshman. Westfield High School student Jacob Stone plays the piano. The band was formed at the Carmel Bach to Rock.

“Kyle and I are the original members,” Edwards said. “Jacob has been with us for about a year.” 

Lightning in a Bottle qualified by winning the high school division competition June 5 for the Carmel Bach to Rock Battle of the Bands.

“We filmed it then and we sent it in,” Edwards said. “The judges evaluated all the films. Hearing the feedback from all the judges really helped us. The positive feedback encourages use, too. I got to see the other bands perform and see how we compared to them. We got to watch the middle school kids perform, which we don’t normally do.”

The band performed “Somebody to Love” by Queen and “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness. The Queen cover was the one submitted to the National Battle of the Bands, a virtual event comprised of 10 high school bands that won the battle held at their own Bach To Rock school. The virtual event took place June 26.

“I did think we had a good shot at winning. We practiced a lot with our setlist and scouted the competition,” Edwards said of winning the Carmel event. 

Edwards is in the Blue and Gold choir at CHS and takes voice lessons at Bach to Rock.