The College life…

As I stated last post, my college career brought me back to my original musical instrument. Let me explain. I was 19 and just going into college. I was fortunate enough to know a couple of people at the campus, considering I worked with them a few summers ago at Scranton Tent Rental (tentrentalscranton.com). They were a great bunch of guys who decided that they wanted to start an acoustic rock band similar to the goo goo dolls. At that point, I decided to put down the drum sticks and concentrate on guitar considering I went my own way from my original band. So, we ended up meeting every week at school. My cousin was actually going to college right next to my college and he was in the band with me so it was great to catch up with him. There were 4 of us and we all played acoustic guitar so it sounds really full and we were able to cover most of the guitar parts in all of our favorite songs. It was at that time that we began to start playing events for the schools we were part of. We played charities, bars, and even graduation parties. But there was something missing… some other component. I knew that we were better than just 4 guys playing acoustic guitar and I wanted the whole state to know it. That is when I sat down with our lead singer and spoke with him about going “full band” this would mean we would need to pick up a drummer and convert one of our guitarists to bass guitar. The latter part of that statement was easy, as my cousin decided to pick up the bass… it was finding a drummer that was the hard part. We went through a ton of auditions before we found a decent guy.. or was he? Turns out that we were actually pretty good, and we were making a name for ourselves across the northeast part of the state by playing bars and such. We played for parade day (a St. Patricks day tradition).

Our line up was complete, we had two guitarists, a bassist and a lead singer. I thought that all was well and we would be growing as a band until fate happened…

As we were going through the schedule, we realized that we double booked one Saturday evening. This was unfortunate and we tried to get out of one of the shows to no avail. We ended up having to split up the night, where the singer and I played one place and the bassist, other guitarist and drummer played another. This was the beginning of the end for the original line up. As fate would have it, those three band members would eventually disband and form their own new band, leaving myself and the singer to find a new line up. out of every negative experience, new things can happen.

I remember the band I was in during my high school career and called upon our guitarist to sort of cover for us on bass guitar. The phone conversation went something like “I know you play guitar but I was wondering if you could play bass guitar for us” his response.. “actually I am in college for bass guitar” this was the best outcome I could have imagined. Never the less, Mike joined the band only this time, he was the full time bass player. He is a bass master and we are long time friends to this day. He actually was able to learn about 100 songs in 1 week. A crazy feat! We met a few times and he was ready to start gigging with us. So we were back in business.. only one problem, we needed a drummer… thats next blog…

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