Chasing December wins People’s Choice Award in Battle of the Bands
by Marie Nesmith
Jul 26, 2013 | 1096 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Thanks to its fans’ support, Chasing December received the People’s Choice Award in the fourth annual State Mutual Insurance Battle of the Bands last month. The trophy highlighted the Cartersville-based rock band’s ability to raise the most funds for Cancer Navigators and generate the largest crowd at the DeSoto Theatre in Rome June 15.

“It certainly was a night to remember,” said the band’s guitarist Dan Koutavas. “Playing in the DeSoto Theatre was a great honor, and winning the People’s Choice Award showed us that our music can connect with people and make a real difference.

“We are all proud of our accomplishment and hope to keep moving our music forward. Chasing December has really started to make some noise and we definitely want to thank all of our supporters for making this possible.”

During the contest, the public was able to sample music from 12 entries and cast a vote for $1 for their favorite artist on Along with an mp3 song, the website featured a biography and photograph for each competitor.

Comprised of four members — Sebastian Ayars, drums; Joseph Bullard, bass guitar; Dalton Sisson, lead vocals; and Koutavas — Chasing December was formed by Cass High School graduates Koutavas and Ayars in 2011. Since the band recently found its lead vocalist, its submitted track in the Battle of the Bands contest was an instrumental number titled “18 Miles Out.”

After the online voting concluded, Chasing December — the lone entry from Bartow County — and the other four finalists garnering the most votes competed for the People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice titles at the DeSoto Theatre. With the online proceeds benefiting Cancer Navigators, Koutavas told The Daily Tribune News before the contest ended the band was proud to lend their musical talents to help those impacted by this disease.

According to, “The members of Chasing December carry within them stories of not only cancer victims, but also cancer victors. Each band mate encounters or has encountered a different stage of cancer. Bassist Joe Bullard works day to day with cancer patients at a local Harbin Clinic. Joe experiences people of all ages in all stages of cancer.

“Guitarist Dan Koutavas has unfortunately dealt with the disastrous effects of cancer, having lost a grandfather to brain cancer and a grandmother to multiple myeloma. Despite the negativity that follows a diagnosis of cancer, we like to keep up the optimism of a loved one overcoming the struggle, just as drummer Sebastian Ayars has witnessed with a friend that has fully recovered from leukemia. Although none have been physically touched, the emotional impact of cancer lives on in the heart of Chasing December, inspiring them to support cancer research in any and every way possible.”

For more information about Chasing December, view its Facebook page at The public also can hear their music at The Masquerade in Atlanta, where the band will be performing Aug. 11. Tickets, which are $11 per person, can be purchased online through the band’s Facebook page or