Real High School Bands

Cameron Quinn, Staff Writer

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People usually see teen bands in movies or TV shows, but there are real professional bands coming out ofWarwick Valley High School! These students come together to express themselves through the art of music; being a band in high school forms a sense of community and togetherness. Warwick bands like Chemical Catastrophe, Out of Time, and Conspiracy represent the local scene for teens and how they come together to do what they love.People usually see teen bands in movies or TV shows, but there are real professional bands coming out ofWarwick Valley High School! These students come together to express themselves through the art of music; being a band in high school forms a sense of community and togetherness. Warwick bands like Chemical Catastrophe, Out of Time, and Conspiracy represent the local scene for teens and how they come together to do what they love. A wildly talented band in the rock genre is Chemical Catastrophe. With Kenny Bell on lead guitar, Kyle Brown on drums, Conrade Gargiulo on piano, Grace Hoey on lead vocals and guitar, Owen Hoey on bass, Anthony Ordine on piano and guitar, and Drew Powers on rhythm guitar, all uniting. Through the same music school, they communicate a message using their passion of music. They have been playing together for the past two years working on a variety of songs. All of the members agree, The Beatles and David Bowie are huge inspirations to their music careers. Grace Hoey believes being in a band during high school years “… is a great outside school activity,” and “it’s a fun way to experience something new. Being part of a band helps create new friends and it improves everyone’s music skills.” Disappointingly, they often feel their ages are disadvantages in getting different gigs. Often people won’t always take them as seriously being their band ranges from seventh graders to sophomores. They say people always change their minds though once they hear their music and see how serious they take their band. Chemical Catastrophe has a song out on itunes called Sobor written by Abby Housberg.  Out of Time is an alternative/punk-funk band with Conor Borthwick on lead guitar, Steven Mehling on lead vocals, Granger Ottley on bass and keyboard, and Matt Traverso on drums. They aspire to be like other local bands such as Wooden Fork and Furnace Creek. With other inspirations like The Red Hot Chili Peppers and John Mayer they have a cool retro feel to them. From playing together for about a year, Conor Borthwick said “It’s a given you get a lot of work being a high school student which can make band practice feel therapeutic.” Out of Time is also working on writing originals and hope to perform more than just covers eventually. They believe writing their own material is important in the show business.  Everyone in Out of Time are best friends and would all love to continue with their music after high school.  Some of their upcoming events are October 29th at the Doc Fry Community Center and November 3rd at Milkweed in Sugar Loaf. Conspiracy is an alternative rock band that’s been playing together for years.With Audrey Knapp on bass, Lilly Nicholson on drums, Brooke Nilson on guitar, Heide Ottley on vocals, and Jill Wagner on guitar they’ve been getting gigs together for about five years now. They do covers of Muse, The Strokes, and Royal Bloods. They all didn’t know eachother well before they formed their band. Music brought them closer together and boosted their confidence. They believe you have to perform with energy and stage presence. “It’s a lot of teamwork and is sometimes hard when we disagree with each other but it has taught us how to resolve conflict in a small group of people,” said lead singer Heide Ottley. After graduating high school, most of the band is planning on to going to college.  In meaning they don’t think they’ll be able to have weekly rehearsals. Over all, they are extremely passionate about being in a band at their age and feel it’s taught them many valuable life lessons. Conspiracy most recently played at apple fest and had a blast performing for all ages. Chloe Borthwick is hosting Chloe Bee’s Hive Benefit Concert on November 3rd.  That night will be featuring four different local artists and music groups. One of the groups performing is Out of Time, along with Joe Mullhaupt, Megan Rice, and Chloe herself with Chloe Bee’s Backbeets. There will be local goods, such as honey and almond milk, sold from fellow students. It’s a five dollar cover charge, but all proceeds will be generously donated to the Warwick Valley Humane Society and World Wildlife Fund. “I hope for it to be the first of many concert series this year,” Chloe Borthwick had said.  Everyone is welcome to attend from 7-10 pm at Milkweed in Sugar Loaf at 203 Romer’s Alley, Sugar Loaf, New York. Contributing to Warwick’s music community has many positive impacts on students. Performing and arranging practices enhances many important skills for adulthood. There is, very clearly, a huge music community in Warwick. Students are invited to embrace the music in the town at whatever age.

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