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Crystal Lake band takes state title

SPRINGFIELD – The Con Men did it again.

The blues-rock group, composed of Crystal Lake South High School students, took first place in the Illinois Battle of the Bands contest, held Aug. 22 at the Illinois State Fair.

With a setlist that included “Sweet Home Chicago,” “Soul Man” and original songs, the band beat five other finalists to win $150 worth of Guitar Center gift cards, an acoustic guitar, free Chipotle burritos, 500 custom-made buttons and five hours of recording time at BobDog studios in Oak Park.

To reach the state finals, The Con Men won a Crystal Lake Park District contest in June and a regional competition in Glendale Heights on Aug. 8. Overall, the group placed first among 120 teen bands.

The members of The Con Men are singer-guitarist Greg Conrad, lead guitarist Connor Bernhard, bassist John Schuh, drummer Rob Santella, tenor saxophonist Brendan Sugrue, alto saxophonist Matt Biederwolf and trumpeter Mike Wood.

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