Battle of the Bands is the sixteenth episode (56th overall) of the third season. This episode remains unaired in the United States.
When Ginger learns that the band program is being cut in order to pay for the football team's stain resistant uniforms, she becomes angry and decides to start a petition to bring the band back, claiming that she is doing it to help Macie. Darren, who wants to keep the uniforms, starts a campaign against Ginger to keep them. As the two groups fight it out over the issue, Ginger begins to realize that the real reason she is hanging on to her side of the argument is to get back at Darren. Carl, who made a promise to be good once he reached middle school, has been hearing voices in his head telling him to be bad. He and Hoodsey use a loophole in their pact to cause problems at the high school instead, and end up interfering with Ginger's plan to make a statement at the football game.
- Ginger Foutley
- Carl Foutley
- Courtney Gripling
- Macie Lightfoot
- Hoodsey Bishop
- Darren Patterson
- Dodie Bishop
- Lois Foutley
- Principal Erickson
- Brandon Higsby
- Coach Guardino
- Mr. Grundig
- Mr. O'Toole
- Student Messenger
- Blake Gripling (cameo)
Ginger: Well, I do. And I promise you, Mace were not gonna take this sitting down. Even though we are currently sitting down.
Courtney: Mama, mama. Oh, darn this shiny $2,000 state of the art Toshobi.
Brandon: Larles Carwin? Mr. O'Toole: I don't believe such man ever lived. So in short: No.
Carl: Maybe your right. I mean, ever since I decided to be good, I've been feeling irritable, anxious; I have difficulty sleeping. And food just goes right through me. Hoodsey: Didn't need to know that.
- In this episode, Courtney appears without Miranda for the fourth time in the series. The first time was in "Blizzard Conditions". The second time was in "Heat Lightning" and the third time was in "Fair to Cloudy".
- When Courtney is talking on the phone with her mother in the bathroom, she says that her phone is a state of the art Toshobi. A possible reference to the electronics brand Toshiba.
- Mr. Grundig's parking space reveals that he is the assistant principal at Lucky High School.
- Ginger's sign "Mozart really knew how to score" is a reference to the classical composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.