Who are those musicians on stage?…
Meet the SPG1 Members of the 2021-2022 Performance Season!
Below is a short bio of all the SPG1 members that are a part of this year’s performance season.
Each & every one of them went through a competitive audition process to be involved in the Collective’s elite Special Performance Group 1 (SPG1). Together they plan, organize, and make up the cast of the Uptown Music Collective’s Fall and Spring Performances.
Check out our next performance, Us & Them: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and Beyond… at the Community Arts Center on April 29th & 30th! Help us make this our biggest performance yet!
“I’m excited to be in SPG1 because when I was little, I would go to Collective shows and wish I was the one performing on that stage. Not only has being in SPG1 been fun, but it has helped me grow immensely as a musician, performer, and person. It has helped my confidence grow, as well as my leadership skills, time management, work ethic, commitment, responsibility, persistence, team work, and so much more. Every year that I’m granted the opportunity to return to the performance group is just as exciting as it was my first year getting in.” … Leah.
Leah Batman is 16 and in 11th grade at Laurel Springs. This will be Leah’s 6th year in SPG1 on vocals. Leah takes guitar lessons from guitar teacher, and Executive Director, Dave Brumbaugh. Leah has been at the Uptown Music Collective for 8 years.
“One of my favorite aspects of SPG1 and the Collective, in general, has always been the surrounding of like-minded musicians. Sharing musical interactions with my fellow SPG1 members brings a certain joy to me that nothing else can provide.” … Billy.
Billy Bellino is 18 years old and in 12th grade at Danville Area High School. This will be Billy’s 4th year in SPG1 on drums and vocals. Billy takes drum lessons from Bobby Leidecker. Billy’s favorite thing about Bobby is his positive attitude towards teaching and his constructive advice. Billy has been at the Uptown Music Collective for 3 years.
“I’m always excited to perform with other talented musicians and learn new songs for the shows. I love entertaining and putting on shows with my friends. If there is anything that SPG1 has taught me, it is self-discipline and time management.” … Matt.
Matthew Bellino is 14 years old and in 8th grade at St. Joseph High School in Danville. This is Matt’s second year in our SPG1 program and has been a student at the Collective for four years. He studies bass with Levi Stover and plays in our country Community Performance Group, Double Barrel
“The Collective goes much more in-depth. I’ve looked at other music schools that have performance aspects and generally, they’re not very good, but at the Collective, Dave makes sure everybody is doing their best and accurately recreating the songs.” … Tixo.
Tixo is 14 and in 9th grade, learning from home. This will be Tixo’s 1st year in SPG1 on guitar. Tixo takes guitar lessons from Dave. Tixo’s favorite thing about Dave is his dedication to the students. Tixo has been at the Uptown Music Collective for 1 year.
“I love music because it is truly the one thing that makes me feel good, literally, no matter the circumstance. There are so many different genres of music to fit any situation you could possibly think of.” … Izzy.
Izzy Butters is 14 and in 9th grade at Loyalsock Township High School. This will be her 3rd year in SPG1 on vocals. Izzy takes vocal lessons from Stacia. Izzy’s favorite thing about Stacia is how personal and caring she can be. She genuinely wants her students to succeed. Izzy has been at the Uptown Music Collective for 5 years.
“Music just makes sense to me. It’s like my little creative outlet. It also has other amazing perks like hearing a good song come on and seeing my friends get jiggy with it! Music never fails to make me the happiest version of myself, and that’s why I love it.” … Abby.
Abby Colone is 17 and in 11th grade at Loyalsock township high school. This is her 2nd year in SPG1 on vocals and keyboard. Abby takes vocal lessons from Kimberly Adair. Abby has been a student at the Uptown Music Collective for 11 years.
“When we are young, we aren’t afraid to be judged. We dance, sing, and enjoy the music. Everyone has a love for music at a young age. As we grow older, we lose that mentality of not caring what others think, and we worry about being judged. Performing music with the Collective makes you feel like a kid again. Well, a bad-ass kid. When you’re on stage in front of 2,000 people, performing your heart out, no one is laughing at you for letting the music just take control. It’s an unbeatable experience.” … Chase.
Chase Cowden is 15 and in 10th grade at Loyalsock Township High School. This will be Chase’s 5th year in SPG1 on drums. Chase takes drum lessons from Bobby. Chase’s favorite thing about Bobby is the fact that “you know he wants you to learn. You can tell he wants you to grow, not only as a drummer, but as a musician.” Chase has been at the Uptown Music Collective for 7 years.
“I feel that when I perform with other SPG1 members, I am playing with my family. Every member of SPG1 is unique in their own way and I wouldn’t give up the chance to play with them for anything. They have always made me feel welcome and made me feel like I belong.” … Connor.
Connor Evans is 16 and in 11th grade at Williamsport Area High School. This will be Connor’s 3rd year in SPG1 on drums. Connor takes drum lessons from Bobby Leidhecker. Connor’s favorite thing about Bobby is his kindness. Connor has been at the Uptown Music Collective for 4 years.
“Music is probably the most important thing in my life as of right now. Music’s ability to communicate emotion and make an audience feel something is like nothing else in the entire world. The opportunities music has provided me through performing has been my favorite thing I have ever done. Making music makes me happy, and listening to music makes other people happy, which also makes me happy.” … Ben.
Ben Feuerstein is 16 and in 11th grade at Lewisburg Area High School. This will be Ben’s second year in SPG1 on guitar. Ben takes guitar lessons from Executive Director, Dave Brumbaugh. Ben’s favorite thing about Dave is his absolute dedication to making him a better guitar player. Ben has been at the Uptown Music Collective for three years now.
“I’ve only performed with a handful of the other members, but it just felt really good. How the other people performed was really exciting and eye-opening. I’m excited to be a part of SPG1.” … Isaac.
Isaac Fleury is 16 and in 11th grade at Canton Junior Senior High School. This will be Isaac’s 1st year in SPG1 on voice and keyboard. Isaac takes voice and keyboard lessons from Hailey and Izzy. Isaac has been at the Uptown Music Collective for 3 years.
“I love music because music has the power to bring people together. At the Collective, everyone there has at least one thing in common and that is their love for music. Without the Collective, I wouldn’t have been able to grow up surrounded by music and surrounded by people just like me. Music is definitely something that can open you up to new opportunities and I am so thankful I have it in my life because, without it, I wouldn’t be where I am and I wouldn’t be the person I am now.” … Rian.
Rian Gephart is 13 and in 8th grade at McCall Middle School. This will be Rian’s 2nd year in SPG1 on vocals. Rian takes voice lessons from Stacia Abernatha. Rian’s favorite thing about Stacia is her personality. Rian has been at the Uptown Music Collective for 8 years.
“Music is the best thing in my life, and performing at the level that SPG1 requires gives me more than I could ever ask for. The Collective helps me reach the goals that I want to achieve that I otherwise could never do. Without the Collective, I could know how to play the guitar but making music and performing that music is a skill only the Collective can give me.“ … Gabreon.
Gabreon Godin is 16 and in 10th grade at Williamsport Area High School. This will be Gabreon’s 5th year in SPG1 on guitar. Gabreon takes guitar lessons from Dave Brumbaugh. Gabreon’s favorite thing about Dave is his willingness to always help and to teach anything he can. Gabreon has been at the Uptown Music Collective for 8 years.
“I’m very excited to be in SPG1 because I’m still a pretty inexperienced singer. However, a lot of people said that I had potential and I’ve grown a lot from the start of the year. This year, I was chosen to be a developmental student, which means I’m good, but not quite there. So I was taken on as SPG1 to learn from all the singers and get a full-on experience. I’m excited to prove everyone right and be so much better next year.” … Grace.
Grace Godin is 12 years old and in 7th grade at Williamsport Area Middle School (WAMS). This will be Grace’s 1st year in SPG1 on vocals. Grace takes vocal lessons from Haley. Grace’s favorite thing about Haley is how much she teaches her and how positive she always is. Grace has been at the Uptown Music Collective for 3 years.
“I love the Collective because of how it’s helped me grow. The Collective has helped me discover who I am and my sense of style, and it has helped my love for music grow tremendously. While performing, I feel electric; they’re my best friends. I have a connection with them that I have with no one else: music. And after it’s all over, you wish you were doing it again.” … Sage.
Sage is 16 and in 11th grade at Danville Area High school. This will be Sage’s 2nd year in SPG1 on vocals. Sage takes vocal lessons from Stacia. Sage’s favorite thing about Stacia is how committed to her students’ success she is. Sage has been at the Uptown Music Collective for 4 years.
“I love music because it tells a story without reading a book. As you go through rough times as a child, music is the one thing that won’t leave and can comfort you any time of day or night. Music is a gateway to your imagination and the way you see your life and others.” … Todd.
Todd is 18 and a senior at Montoursville Area High School. A first-year SPG1 drummer, he has been studying with Bobby Leidhecker for four years at the Collective. Todd’s favorite thing about Bobby is that he always sees the best in your playing ability .
“I love music because I can express my feelings within a song. Music has the power to change my mood for the better. Becoming a musician has formed who I am and how I see myself in the world.” … Abby.
Abby Jamison is 14 and in 9th grade at Williamsport Area High School. This will be Abby’s first year in SPG1 on vocals. Abby takes vocal lessons from Stacia. Abby’s favorite thing about Stacia is her charismatic personality. Abby has been at the Uptown Music Collective for 6 years.
“I’m excited to be in SPG1 because of the awesome shows we have planned. I think I will learn to become more responsible with my time management. I love the Collective because of the great atmosphere it provides and because of everything I’ve learned there.” … Brendan.
Brendan Kuriga is 15 and in 10th at South Williamsport Area High School. This will be Brendan’s 1st year in SPG1 on guitar. Brendan takes guitar lessons from Dave Brumbaugh. Brendan’s favorite thing about Dave is that he helps with just about anything. Brendan has been at the Uptown Music Collective for 5 years.
“I love everything about music. I think it’s the lack of rules and the abundance of creativity that leads me to include it in everything I do. Ever since the first day I stepped into the Collective, I’ve been met with nothing but kindness and generosity. Getting to meet others just as passionate as me has been wonderful. For me, the Collective has become less of a school and more of a sort of cool, second home.”… Duncan.
Duncan is 16 and in 11th grade at Loyalsock Township High School. This will be his 1st year in SPG1 on guitar. Duncan takes guitar lessons from Dave Brumbaugh. Duncan’s favorite thing about Dave is his honest opinion. Duncan has been at the Uptown Music Collective for 3 years.
“It’s really an amazing thing to be up there with so many people that have music flowing through their veins, creating the perfect platform to build these amazing shows on. Everyone in SPG1 is brilliant in their own unique ways. I love music because of its unique way to tell stories, express emotions and, above all, bring people together. It’s right in the name: The Collective.” … Jossian.
Jossian Lilley is 16 and in 10th Grade at Loyalsock Township High School. This will be his 2nd year in SPG1 on guitar and vocals. Jossian takes guitar lessons from Dave Brumbaugh. Jossian’s favorite thing about Dave is his wisdom and diverse knowledge. Jossian has been at the Uptown Music Collective for 3 years.
“I am excited to be able to play great music with my friends. I have gained a greater appreciation for more fine details in music through this program and have gained an increase in work ethic. The Collective is an all-welcoming, friendly environment in which everyone is encouraged to become greater each and every day.” … Cassidy.
Cassidy Lutz is 16 and in 11th grade at Loyalsock Township High School. This will be Cassidy’s 3rd year in SPG1 on bass. Cassidy takes bass lessons from Levi Stover. Cassidy’s favorite thing about Levi is his character. Cassidy has been at the Uptown Music Collective for 7 years.
“Music is a beautiful thing that the world has created and I am very thankful to be a part of it every day. I love the Collective because I can freely play music and have fun doing it. I also love how it has connected me with new people from different school districts. Some of my closest friends are at the Collective and I am very thankful that I have a chance to perform and make memories with them. Another thing I love about the Collective is how it pushes me to grow and evolve as a person. I used to be a little bit shy when I started out, but as I got more comfortable, I got more confident. I feel that Uptown is a great place to find yourself through music and performing. Without the collective, I wouldn’t be who I am today.” … Cali.
Calistra Mahoney is 16 and an 11th grade home-school student. This will be Calistra’s 1st year in SPG1 on voice. Calistra takes voice lessons from Haley Miller. Calistra’s favorite thing about Haley is how she pushes her to be better as a singer. Calistra has been at the Uptown Music Collective for 4 years.
“When I am performing with the other SPG1 members I feel comfortable being myself. The members of SPG1 are my best friends and push me to the best of my abilities, even if I didn’t know I had it in me.” … Stevie.
Stephanie Nappi is 17 years old and in 11th grade at PA Cyber School. This will be Stephanie’s 3rd year in SPG1 on vocals and piano. Stephanie takes piano lessons from Steve. Stephanie’s favorite thing about Steve is that he helps her set goals and push past her expectations for herself. Stephanie has been at the Uptown Music Collective for 5 years.
“I love music for the ability that it gives me to express thoughts and emotions in a way that entertains others. It’s enjoyable to be both the creator and the enjoyer. SPG1 makes me feel like I’m a part of a community. Everyone puts in the work they need to and you can just focus on making music.” … Luke.
Luke O’Brien is 16 and in 11th grade at Loyalsock Township High School. This will be Luke’s 2nd year in SPG1 on guitar. Luke takes guitar lessons from Dave Brumbaugh. Luke’s favorite thing about Dave is his depth of knowledge and sense of humor. Luke has been at the Uptown Music Collective for 5 years.
“I’m excited to be in SPG1 because I can’t wait to be able to work with all of these amazing and talented people and really showcase the talent that I have worked on for a long time. I think I will learn how to work with others and I am ready to put in hard work.” … Scarlet.
Scarlet is 13 and in 8th grade at Loyalsock Township Middle School. This will be Scarlet’s 1st year in SPG1 on vocals. Scarlet takes vocal and keyboard lessons from Haley. Her favorite thing about Haley is her ability to listen and help her make changes to anything she needs. Scarlet has been at the Uptown Music Collective for 8 years.
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