Meet this year’s SPG1 Members for the 2019 – 2020 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 and all deserve to be in this group! Together they will plan, organize, and make up the cast of the Uptown Music Collective’s Fall and Spring Performances at the Community Arts Center, as well as the Community Theater League performances.
“Putting into words what music means to me is very difficult. It is my passion, and my escape during hard times. It is how I express myself and I would be lost without it” …Leah Batman.
This is Leah’s 4th year in SPG1 singing lead and background vocals. She is 14 years old and is in 9th Grade at Lewisburg Area High School.
“Music is a very important part of my life and I definitely would not be who I am today without it. I have a constant yearning to learn more about music. The fact that there is always something new to be discovered in music excites me and keeps me interested. Playing music with others is also a very important part of my love for music. I have met some of my best friends and created many enjoyable memories through music” …Billy Bellino.
This is Billy’s 2nd year in SPG1 playing the drums, guitar, and other percussion instruments. He is 16 years old and is a sophomore at Danville High School.
“Music is not only a passion but an outlet for the emotions I cannot convey otherwise. Music brings opportunities, introduces me to new people, provides more knowledge, and helps me grow and learn about myself and others” …Ashlyn Bird.
This is Ashlyn’s 3rd year in SPG1 singing lead as well as background vocals and playing keyboard & piano. She is 17 years old and is a senior at Williamsport Area High School.
Bailey Raye Briggs
“Music is something I have been listening to since a baby, but my participation in it didn’t come until I turned 14 and decided to follow my dad’s footsteps as a drummer. It has rose-tinted my dark moments and brightened my good times” …Bailey Raye Briggs.
This is Bailey Raye’s 1st year in SPG1 playing percussion instruments. She is 17 years old and is a homeschooled senior where she resides in Mill Hall, PA.
“There’s no defined answer or explanation for what music means to me because there are so many different ways that music can affect you, but I can surely say that music has made such a profound impact on my life. Never in a million years would I ever want to experience a world without music”…Izzy Brumbaugh.
Izzy has been in Special Performance Group 1 for seven years. She was even performing in the group before “the group” was called SPG1. Izzy is the lead keyboardist and sings lead & background vocals in SPG1. She is 16 years old and is a junior at Williamsport Area High School.
“I have loved singing since I was old enough to talk. My parents’ joke that I sing from the time I wake until I fall asleep (and maybe sometimes in my sleep too)! Music is my escape. I often try to imagine myself as the singer/songwriter of the songs that I perform and how they felt while composing or performing their songs. Music has always been an important part of our family time, for as long as I can remember”…Isabel Butters
This is Isabel’s 1st year in SPG1, singing lead and backup vocals. She is 12 years old and is in 7th grade at Loyalsock Township Middle School.
“Music is my escape from everything stressful in the world. I can lose myself in listening to other people’s songs or express myself in writing my own. Music makes everything else just fade away for a while” …Molly Chapman.
This is Molly’s 4th year in SPG1 playing guitar, and singing lead and background vocals. She is 17 years old and is a junior at Montoursville Area High School.
“Music means a lot to me. It is my escape when times get tough. It has always and will always be there for me”…Isabella Cole.
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“Music means a lot to me. I have grown up listening to music and loving the drums. It is a big part of my life” …Chase Cowden.
This is Chase’s 1st year in SPG1 playing the drums and other percussion instruments. He is 13 years old and is in 8th grade at Loyalsock Township Middle School.
“Music means a lot to me. My father was a drummer under my lesson teacher Bobby Leidhecker. I had a friend who wanted to play the drums but passed away from cancer. Her family gave us her drum kit and that’s when I started to want to play music and become a great drummer. I listened to Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, and plenty of other bands and musical figures. I ended up taking lessons with Bobby to expand my drum knowledge. Music helps me through stress and anxiety and has now become something I can’t live without” …Connor Evans.
This is Connor’s 1st year in SPG1 playing the drums and other percussion instruments. He is 14 years old and is in 9th grade at Williamsport Area High School.
“Music has done more for me than anything else in my life because of how powerful it is. It can raise my mood and make me excited and can also relax and calm me. Music is a way for me to translate my emotions in ways I can’t explain. It has taken me down so many paths and grown me into the person I am today. Music is a universal language that anyone can understand provides a social connection to anyone involved with it”
… Andrew Fick.
This is Andrew’s 1st year in SPG1 playing the keyboard. He is 17 years old and is a senior at Shikellamy High School.
“Music to me is a way I can express my feelings through sounds for others to hear”
This is Collin’s 2nd year in SPG1 playing the drums and other percussion instruments. He is 15 years old and is a sophomore at Williamsport Area High School.
“Music is easily one of the most important things in my life. The Collective and music, in general, have completely changed the course of my life and have molded me into the person I am today” …Dominic Fredin
This is Dominic’s 2nd year in SPG1 playing guitar and singing lead and backup vocals. He is 16 years old and is a junior at Montoursville Area High School.
“Music is my way of life and the way I express myself. It also helps me vent. If I feel bad, playing music makes me feel so much better. Without music, I would feel like something is missing. There is nothing I’d give up music for”
“Music means a lot to me. Playing music with my friends is one of my favorite things to do. There is no real way to describe what playing music feels like with the people you love. It is a pretty amazing feeling.”…Andrew Head.
This is Andrew’s 4th year in SPG1 playing lead bass. He is 16 years old and is a junior at Montoursville Area High School.
“Music, to me, means more than anything. It makes me feel happy, and its a way to bond with my family and friends” …Anthony LaCerra.
This is Anthony’s 2nd year in SPG1 playing guitar. He is 15 years old and is a sophomore at Loyalsock Township High School.
“I’m not sure what I would do without music. Music gives me a way to express myself and explain how I’m feeling” …Emma Luke.
This is Emma’s 1st year in SPG1 singing lead and background vocals. She is 15 years old and is a sophomore at Loyalsock Township High School.
“Music is a big part of my life. It lets me have fun and helps me let out my emotions” …Cassidy Lutz.
This is Cassidy’s 1st year in SPG1 playing bass. He is 14 years old and is a freshman at Loyalsock Township High School.
“Music is my gift. It expresses a truth inside of me that words cannot otherwise express. Music is my coping mechanism when I am at some of my lowest points. When I am performing I feel in my full power, its the most euphoric state I will ever endure” …Cece Lutz.
This is Cece’s 4th year in SPG1 singing lead and background vocals. She is 16 years old and is a senior in homeschool.
“Music to me is a safe place. It is therapeutic and helps relieve my stress. It also helps me connect with my friends and family” …Stephanie Nappi.
This is Stephanie’s 1st year in SPG1 singing lead and background vocals. She is 15 years old and is freshman at Williamsport Area High School.
“Music is a crucial thing in my life because it allows me to connect with others, express myself, and it always acts as a crutch during difficult times” …Tyler Noaker.
This is Tyler’s 1st year in SPG1 playing guitar. He is 17 years old and is a senior at Lewisburg High School.
“To explain what music means to me is almost impossible. It has such a large impact that I cannot even begin to decribe what it means to me. I cannot see myself being happy in life without music being a part of it” …Cade Palmatier.
This is Cade’s 8th year in SPG1. He was even performing in the group before “the group” was called SPG1. Cade plays lead guitar. He is 17 years old and is a senior at Jersey Shore High School.
“Music is a great way for me to express myself. Nothing compares to the feeling of playing up on stage. Listening to music also instantly relieves my stress. It is a wonderful thing” …Gavin Paulhamus.
This is Gavin’s 2nd year in SPG1 playing guitar. He is 16 years old and is a junior at Hughesville High School.
“Music means to me that people can express themselves in a way that just talking can’t. The collective to me is home. Music has given me so many amazing friends and relationships that I will always carry with me wherever I go” …Sofia Pinsky.
This is Sofia’s 2nd year in SPG1 singing lead and background vocals. She is 17 years old and is a senior at Loyalsock Township High School.
“Music means so much to me. I have always loved music and it has always been something I look forward too in hard times. It is a really good way for me to express myself” …Mackenzie Powell.
This is Mackenzie’s 4th year in SPG1 singing lead and background vocals. She is 17 years old and is a senior at Jersey Shore Area High School.
“Music is a wonderful way to connect with people and express feelings, either by listening or playing. The Collective has provided me with a great opportunity to play music with my peers and express my love of music” …Maren Snow.
This is Maren’s 2nd year in SPG1 singing lead as well as background vocals. She is 16 years old and is a junior at Lewisburg High School.
” Music means so much to me. It’s a way for people to express themselves in the rawest way possible, without the burden of having to find precise words”… Maggie Stillman.
This is Maggie’s 3rd year in SPG1 playing guitar. She is 16 years old and is a senior at Williamsport Area High School.
“Music is something that is such a big part of people’s lives that I don’t think anyone could imagine how horrible it would be if music didn’t exist” …Easton Wagner.
This is Easton’s 1st year in SPG1. Easton plays guitar in SPG1. He is 17 years old and is a junior at Avis High School.