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In Detention Takes Center Stage
Posted on 04/27/2020
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It was one of those “back to the future” kind of moments when I heard that the band Detention had won the 24th annual Rock Hall Best High School Band competition on Feb. 29. The group is from the Akron area, including Hinckley Township, and its lead singer is Elliott Carter.


I flashed back to the 1990s when Kristoffer Carter, Jason Woods and friends from Brunswick started a really fantastic band …anonymous, whose T-shirt I still own. I’d bet many of you remember hearing them. They were together for five or six years before spreading out across the country.

Sure enough, Elliott is Kris’ daughter who attends Firestone High School in Akron.

Kris’ mom, Valerie Hamilton of Medina, said she’s been feeling like she’s gone through a black hole, noting that she still has her …anonymous T-shirt but is now wearing her granddaughter’s Detention! shirt.

In addition to Elliott, Detention’s musicians include Firestone High student Fritz Dannemiller on bass, Luke Konopka from Highland Middle School on drums and Evan Cox from STEM Middle School on guitar.

The band made more news last week with its first music video of its original song “inReverse” -- taped with social distancing observed. The “inReverse” video and song captures the isolation that many people feel during this international coronavirus pandemic.

The band members haven’t seen one another since their last live performance on March 13 -- not even while shooting the video. It was shot in four separate locations, one for each band member.

The chorus is: “Maybe we’ll grow up in reverse / and we’ll get younger while the world gets worse / while they’re so serious, we’ll laugh until it hurts / give us a school bus not a hearse.”

Detention has performed on-air for a sold-out “Live in Studio C" session on WAPS 91.3 The Summit FM and as featured guests on “The Really Big Show” with Tony Rizzo on WKNR ESPN Radio, Cleveland. It was reported that when Rizzo heard their version of “Helter Skelter,” he wouldn’t stop talking about “these kids from Akron.”

Not only is the new video online at but you can also see other performances there, as well.

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