Local eyes will be focused more closely than ever on MTV in the coming week as the rock group Bovox Clown debuts on America's most popular music video network.
Singer-guitarist David Walker, guitarists Stephen Wright and Jeff Chamberlain, drummer Shawn McKelvie and percussionist Jason Rucks constitute the combo that recently won MTV's Beach House Video Contest.
Mr. Walker, Mr. Wright, Mr. Chamberlain and Mr. McKelvie are all recent graduates of Annapolis High School and Mr. Rucks is a Broadneck grad.
Irene Fu, MTV's senior publicist, said 2,500 groups from across the country submitted 3-minute videos of unpublished songs.
Bovox Clown's "Cereal Song" was judged the winner by a committee drawn from the talent, marketing and promotion divisions of MTV. The videos were judged on a set of criteria ranging from originality to camera presence and overall artistic creativity.
Another local band, The Jennifers from Baltimore, were selected as runners-up in the all-male band category.
Bovox Clown won $10,000 cash, new equipment, round-trip air fare, plus accommodations and meals for eight days in New York City. And from Monday through Friday, the local fellows will get what every fledgling ensemble craves most: exposure.
The band will make several appearances on the "Beach MTV" show as the program segues to its various featured artists.
"We're just ecstatic," says Mr. Wright who, as lead guitarist, plays a major role in creating the group's eclectic sound, which ranges from psychedelic rock to reggae, folk-rock and easy soul.
"We couldn't believe it when we heard! This is what every band wishes for. This kind of visibility is the best thing that could possibly happen to any unsigned band."