St. Louis band Ninjas in Disguise was recently crowned the Central Regional winner in Harrah’s Operating Company’s and MTV Games’ landmark Total Rock, Total Rewards Rock Band Competition. Having competed during a Rock Band Night at Harrah’s St. Louis, the band won the chance to battle it out with other victorious, local gamers at the Central Regional competition hosted by Hip-Hop icon and MTV News Correspondent Sway Calloway on April 24th at Horseshoe Hammond in Chicago where they nabbed the top slot.

Longtime Rock Band fans, Ninjas in Disguise is made up of singer Erik Schwenke, guitarist Rudy Scoggins, bassist Ryan Heckman, and drummer Ben Schwenke. The band explains their winning strategy, “We searched for the highest scoring song out of hundreds. Then we practiced every weekend before the competition.”

Ninjas in Disguise will join three other winning bands, one from each of the other regional competitions across the country, in Atlantic City on May 8th to enter to compete for the championship title. The ultimate winning band will be given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to open for the legendary B-52’s at the House of Blues in Atlantic City on May 9th and will win $10,000 in prize money, making this the richest Rock Band competition in history.

The Total Rock, Total Rewards Rock Band Competition is seeing unprecedented participation. Nearly 600 bands have registered to take the stage to compete across the country, and 54,000 people have visited the competition’s web site,

For more information and official rules on the competition, please visit

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