Maybe it's because I have such an intense passion for music, but for the sixth year in a row, I sat in awe as a judge for Ridgefield BandJam as the eight bands that rocked the Ridgefield Playhouse simply blew the judges away.

The kids ranged in age from 10 to 17 with four middle school and four high school bands competing.

courtesy of Jeff Butchen

The winning band in the middle school category was Abby and the Roadsters, who received perfect scores for "stage presence" and you'll see what I mean in the video.

The six musicians represent South Salem and Katonah, NY, and Danbury and New Fairfield, CT. The band members range in age from 10 to 12 and got together as a band through The Guitar Center's Rock Show program at the beginning of 2015.

Check 'em out!

The winner in the high school category was a band that called themselves The Bothers, a high energy funk rock band that actually started out as a jazz combo so they could play some gigs around town. The members come from Ridgefield, Wilton, and Danbury. Lauren is the groups bassist and lead vocalist.

Courtesy of Jeff Butchen

Each of the musicians have mastered their instruments and are now spending much of their time recording their first album. In my humble opinion, the two horn players, 16-year-old, Elliot Connors from Wilton and 16-year-old, Daniel Kovelesky from Danbury would fit in with the likes of Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, or even Earth Wind & Fire.

Courtesy of Jeff Butchen

Every member of each of the eight bands poured their heart and soul into their performances and thrilled each and every judge on the panel!

This year the event was SOLD OUT which means that a ton of money was raised for the Ridgefield Playhouse, which is a non-profit organization. This video/slideshow is of The Bothers original tune titled, Stranded which they played live at BandJam. Enjoy!