Meet the SPG1 Members for the 2020 – 2021 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  will plan, organize, and make up the cast of the Uptown Music Collective’s Fall and Spring Performances. This year, the Uptown Music Collective is facing new challenges and changes as we navigate the execution of our programs through COVID-19 precautions. Stay tuned for our Upcoming Performances!

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First Working Wednesday Group Shot

Leah Batman

I am excited to continue to step out of my comfort zone and push myself this year. Performing with the other members of SPG1 feels electric. It always boosts my mood, and confidence to play around with the people I know and love. I’m mostly looking forward to Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers Show.” … Leah.

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Leah Batman is 15 and in 10th grade with Laurel Springs School. She has been studying at the Collective for seven years and currently takes vocal lessons with Mallory Scoppa-Gardner and guitar lessons with Dave. She has been part of CPGs Backbeatz, 8trax, and Wood & Ivory, and you’ll see her shine on vocals in her fifth year with SPG1.

Billy Bellino

I’m excited to get back to playing great music on the CAC stage with my closest friends this year.  Being in SPG1 has taught me a lot about setting priorities straight, and keeping my life organized. Rehearsing and performing with the group brings me a certain kind of joy and satisfaction that nothing else can recreate.” … Billy.

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Billy Bellino is 17 and is a junior at Danville Area High School. He has studied drums at the Collective with Bobby Leidhecker for two years, participated in the CPG groups Crystal Visions and CL Blues and the Company. This will be his second season on stage with SPG1, and you’ll see him both behind the set and on the mic.

Matthew Bellino

Ever since I came to the Collective I always wanted to be on a big stage and be in SPG1. Being part of the group this year, I feel excited and anxious at the same time. I am excited to play in front of people, and I think I will learn more about time management and responsibility. Mostly, I’m looking forward to the Steely Dan show.” … Matthew.

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13-year-old Matthew Bellino is a first-year performer with our SPG1 group. He is in 7th grade at St. Joseph High School in Danville and has been a student at the Collective for three years. He studies bass with Levi Stover and played in the CPG Vinyl Rewind.

Sylvie Briggs

“As a writer and a player, it’s just an awesome outlet. Even as a listener, music is very powerful because the best of it comes from the soul of the musician and goes directly to the soul of the listeners. Genres and tastes vary with every person, but for each of us, really finding the music you enjoy… It’s like unlocking a piece of your purpose somehow. Once you’re sure of what you’re doing, performing and practicing is a very driving experience. Rehearsing is hard work, but knowing how much it will pay off in the future is quite encouraging.” … Sylvie.

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A first-year guitarist in SPG1, 16-year-old Sylvie Briggs is currently in her senior year of high school and is also enrolled in classes through Penn State University. She’s studied at the Collective for four years, taking vocal lessons from Haley Miller and guitar lessons from Dave.

Izzy Brumbaugh

I’m excited to be in SPG1 again because I love performing, especially with my friends, and I just love everything the Collective provides.. I always look forward to the process of putting the show together to actually playing the songs on stage. I love the atmosphere and the energy that everyone in the group brings to the rehearsals and on the stage. I’m most looking forward to the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan show.” … Izzy.

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17-year-old Isabelle Brumbaugh is a senior at Williamsport Area High School and has been taking lessons at the Collective for 11 years. Her 9-year tenure with SPG1 makes her a familiar face on the stage, and she has also played with CPGs Urban souls, The Duo, 70s Threshold, The 3rd Street Blues Band, and Crystal visions. She takes piano lessons from Steve Adams.

Isabel Butters

The Collective has given me so many opportunities that I could not get anywhere else. I love hanging out with my best friends, and doing what I love the most… playing music! I also love that I get the opportunity to perform in front of a ton of people that are not my family.” … Izzy.

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Isabel Butters is in 8th grade at Loyalsock Middle School and, at 13,  is one of the youngest performers in the group. She has been a student at the Collective for four years, taking vocal lessons from Stacia Abernatha and guitar lessons from Willi Ort. You’ll see her for the second year grabbing the mic on stage with SPG1.

Molly Chapman

I’m excited to be playing music again. It’s been so long and I’m just beyond ecstatic at the idea of performing with my friends again. From SPG1 I’ve learned a lot of time management, responsibility, and leadership. This year, I’ll be learning how to cope with situations out of my direct control and make creative solutions.” … Molly.

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 Molly Chapman is 18 and in her senior year at Montoursville Area High School. She has been taking guitar lessons from Dave and vocal lessons from Stacia Abernatha for 10 years, performing with CPG groups Blue Envy, Backbeatz, Sonic Wall Party, and Vinyl Rewind. 2020-2021 will be her fifth year in SPG1.

Isabella Cole

My favorite past performance was “Time in a Bottle” because I grew up listening to that music and have always dreamed of performing it. Also, I got to play the dulcimer! This year, the Women of R&B show is the one I’m super excited for because the girls are going to be able to showcase their power and ability in every single song. I know I will really appreciate this year since it will be my last one at the Collective.” … Isabella.

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Isabella Cole is 17 and is a senior at Loyalsock Township High School. A familiar face on the UMC stage, she has been performing both vocals and keys with SPG1 for seven years. She currently takes vocal lessons from Mallory Scoppa-Gardner, and has also studied voice and keyboard with Kim Adair over her eight and half year tenure as a student. Isabella has performed with a number of our CPG groups: Urban Souls, Just Jazz, 7 Wonders, Midnight Soul, Sonic Wall Party, and Crystal Visions.

Abigale Colone

I took a break from big shows for a year and I realized how much I loved them and how much fun I had doing them. I did a Motown show when I was 11 in April of 2015 (soooooo long ago) so I’d consider myself a new-comer. I’m REALLY pumped to learn all the new techniques I know Dave has in store for me, and I’m excited to develop as a performer and as a musician. When we play with the SPG1 group, I feel like everyone corresponds with one another and I think the energy in the room will be contagious.” … Abby.

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Abby Colone is 16 and is a sophomore at Loyalsock Township High School. She has been a student at the Collective for ten years and takes vocal lessons with Kim Adair. She has played with CPG The Backbeatz and this is her first official season as a vocalist with SPG1.

Chase Cowden

“I am really excited to begin to perform and make music again. I’ve missed it a lot during COVID. Everyone in SPG1 wants to play the music and wants to play it to the best of their abilities, and that’s something that I love to take a part in” … Chase.

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Chase Cowden is 14 and entering his 4th year of drum study with Adam Westover at the Collective. He attends Loyalsock Township Highschool where he is a freshman and will grace the SPG1 performance stage for his second year behind the set. He has also played with our CPG Mini Motown.

Connor Evans

The SPG 1 program has always been a dream of mine to be a part of from when I first saw the Collective perform. I am excited to be part of the group again because of the bonds I have formed and the development of not only my music but also my personality. The others I get to perform and rehearse with are like my second family and they are supportive of me and each other. So far, my favorite Collective performance is definitely Aerosmith. The energy was great and performing it was a lot of fun.” … Connor.

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Drummer Connor Evans is 15 and a sophomore at Williamsport Area High School. He is a three-year student of UMC instructor Bobby Leidhecker, has played with the CPG Crystal Visions, and is a second-year SPG1 performer.

Collin Franzen

My involvement with SPG1 has helped me to better myself as a person and as a musician. In a way, it feels like a second family. When we work together, I feel excited and confident in the music we make. This year, I’m most excited about the Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers show.” … Collin.

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 16-year-old Collin Franzen is in 11th grade at Williamsport Area Highschool. He has been a student at the Collective for five years, studying drums with Jesse Roedts, and has played in CPGs 8 Trax, Sonic Wall Party, and Vinyl Rewind. 2020-2021 will be his third year as a member of SPG1.

Dominic Fredin

I’m excited to be in SPG1 again this year because I love the feeling I get when I’m playing music with my friends. I remember watching SPG1 as a TechMonkey, yearning for the day I got to be on the stage. When we’re performing, I get a feeling matched by no other feeling…nothing else matters, it is just us, the music, and the crowd. … Dominic.

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Dominic Fredin is a 17-year-old senior, attending Montoursville Area School District online. He has been a student at the Collective for five years where he has studied guitar with Dave. During his work with UMC, he has participated in several Community Performance Groups; 8 Trax, Eyes of Disarray, and CL Blues and the Company. The 2020-2021 season is his third with SPG1, and you’ll see him rocking guitar and vocals.

Rian Gephart

I wanted to be a part of SPG1 because I think I will gain a lot of confidence and become so much better of a performer. I am excited because I want to learn new things and how to be responsible and get to work with everyone. I think I’ll learn the importance of responsibility and some new music.” … Rian.

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Rian Gephart is 12 years old and in 7th grade in the Montoursville Area School District. She takes vocal lessons from Mallory Scoppa-Gardner and has studied at the Collective for 6 years. She sang with the CPG Mini Motown and is going to experience her first major performances this year in SPG1.

Gabreon Godin

“Music is the best thing in my life and performing at the level that this group requires gives me more than I could ever ask for. The collective gives me the dreams I want to achieve that I otherwise could never do. Without the Collective, sure I could know how to play guitar but making music and performing that music is a skill only they can give me the high level they offer. It’s extraordinary how much they offer and whatever happens in the future I will owe to them.” … Gabreon.

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Gabreon Godin is 15 and is a freshman at Williamsport Area High School. A student of the Collective for seven years and a 3-year veteran of SPG1, he studies guitar with Dave and has been part of the CPG groups CL Blues and the Company and Eyes of Disarray. He will be playing guitar and bass in our major performances.

Sage Gurski

I’m excited about everything about my first year in SPG1. I’m excited to be in a room with other musicians more often than before and to make bonds that are invaluable. Being in SPG1 means that I  get to be around other serious musicians who enjoy and have a love for music. I’m already realizing that when we rehearse, we are unified, and there is no better place to be than beside all the other musicians in this group. I think I will learn to be a better musician this year.” … Sage.

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Sage Gurski is 15 and in tenth grade at Danville Area High School. A first-year SPG1 vocalist, she has been studying with Stacia Abernatha for three years at the Collective and has performed with the CPG Crystal Visions.

Andrew Head

I am really excited to take on the adversity that will face us with the current coronavirus problem. Music can truly get you through anything in life. Whenever you need it, music is there for you, and this year, we need music more than ever.” … Andrew.

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Andrew Head is 17 and a senior at Montoursville Area High School. He has studied at the Collective for seven years and is entering his fourth year as a bassist with SPG1. He takes lessons from Dave and has played with CPGs Backbeatz, Sonic Wall Party, and Crystal Visions.

Anthony LaCerra

“I love the Collective. It gives me the privilege to perform on the CAC stage, and it allows me to learn and create music with my peers. As part of SPG1, I get to perform on stage and meet new people. I have learned discipline and time management. This year, I’m most excited to play Steely Dane, and I know I will learn how to become a better leader and a better performer.” … Anthony.

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Anthony LaCerra is 16 and a junior at Loyalsock Township High School. He has studied guitar with Dave for three and a half years and has played with both The 3rd Street Blues Band and CL Blues and the Company. The 2020-2021 season will be his third playing with the SPG1 group, and you’ll see him rocking on both guitar and drums.

Ella Lamey

I’m excited to do larger performances with new friends this year. I get, like, this rush and once I get comfortable on stage I feel like I’m where I need to be. I think I will learn better time management. Music just makes me feel like I’m one with everything.”… Ella.

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 Ella LaMey is 16 years old and a junior at Williamsport Area High School. She has been taking voice lessons with Haley Miller for 6 years and will be one of our vocalists for her first season in SPG1. You may recognize her from her participation in the CPG Vinyl Rewind.

Jossian Lilley

This year, I’m excited to learn how to play as a group in music that I’ve never gotten to work with before – I’m especially looking forward to the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan. I’m also excited to play on a scale that I’ve never achieved before. With the group, I feel like I’m amongst my own people. There aren’t a lot of people that I know that enjoy and understand music the same way I do, and when playing with this fantastic group of people, I really feel at home.” … Jossian.

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Jossian Lilley is a 15-year-old freshman at Loyalsock Township Highschool who has been a guitar student with Dave for two and a half years. He played with CPG Vinyl Rewind and is excited for his first year as a guitarist with SPG1.

Emma Luke

I love music because it gives me a way to express myself without using words. I get to use my emotions to connect through songs. Playing music together brings such joy to all of us, and I feel like I am unstoppable when I’m on stage.” … Emma.

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Emma Luke is 16 and in 11th grade at Loyalsock Township High School.  She has taken vocal lessons for four years from Mallory Scoppa-Gardner and will be a second-year vocalist in SPG1. She sings with the CPG Vinyl Rewind.

Cassidy Lutz

Music inspires me everyday. I wanted to be a part of SPG1 because it’s fun to learn songs and play them for people on stage. Last year, I loved the Time in a Bottle show, and this year I am excited to play some more high energy music with my friends this year and am especially looking forward to Steely Dan.” … Cassidy.

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Cassidy Lutz is a 15-year-old sophomore at Loyalsock High School. He takes bass lessons at the Collective with Levi Stover and has been studying with us for five years. The 2020-2021 season will be his second with SPG1. He has also played with the CPG Mini Motown.

Stevie Nappi

Originally, I wanted to be a part of SPG1 so that I could meet new people and learn to be a better musician and performer. I have learned so many skills from being in SPG1: responsibility, teamwork, time management, and preparation. I think this year will push my boundaries and help me step even further outside my comfort zone to do the best job I can. The group has helped me grow as a person and performer and I’m excited to be back into playing with my friends again.” … Stevie.

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Stephanie Nappi is 16 years old and is a sophomore at Williamsport Area High School. She has studied vocal performance with Mallory Scoppa-Gardner for four years and was part of our Wood ‘n Ivory CPG. This will be her second year in SPG1 – you’ll see her on the mic and behind the keys on stage.

Tyler Noaker

This year, I’m excited to direct a show, watch it all come together, and perform it. Being in SPG1 has taught me that if we all do our part and work together as a team, we can do incredible things. I have the opportunity to learn more about leadership and putting a show together from the very beginning when it’s still just a thought. Mostly, I’m excited for our Steely Dan show.” … Tyler.

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Tyler Noaker is 18 and a recent graduate of Lewisburg Area School District. He is in his third year of guitar lessons with Dave and vocal lessons with Stacia Abernatha. He played with the CPG Crystal Visions, and our 2020-2021 season will be his second playing guitar with SPG1.

Luke O’Brien

“I’m excited to get to work with a lot of the people who’ve become my friends from tech monkeying so many shows, and of course to play for a large crowd. I hope to learn more performance skills and just generally become a better player of songs.

I feel very exhilarated when we rehearse and play; people are usually well-rehearsed and the music just feels tight.” … Luke.

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Luke O’Brien has been taking lessons at the Collective for four years and studies guitar with Dave. A sophomore at Loyalsock Township high school, he is 16 and a first-year SPG1 and he has also played with the CPG Mini Motown.

Gavin Paulhamus

When we play, I feel like a true Rockstar. It is truly the most fun I have ever had. I feel like we are all connected, playing as one unit, and it really is an amazing feeling. I have learned so much about leadership through the Collective and I feel I will learn even more about it this year being a senior. I can’t wait to continue improving my playing.” … Gavin.

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Gavin Paulhamus is 17 and a senior attending Hughesville High School. He has been a student at the Collective for five years where he studies guitar with Dave. His third year in SPG1, you’ll see him rocking bass, guitar, and vocals – and maybe the harmonica too.

Maren Snow

SPG1 offers the amazing and unique opportunity for me to play great music with extremely talented musicians (who are my age!) for audiences of over 2,000 people. Being part of the group, I’ve learned commitment and dedication to things that I’m working on. I think this year I will work especially on leadership.” … Maren.

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Maren Snow is 18 and a senior at Lewisburg Area High School. She has been studying with the Collective since she was in 6th grade and is entering her third year as a vocalist and bassist with SPG1. She takes lessons with Mallor Scoppa-Gardner and Levi Stover and will play with her first CPG group this year.

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Leah Batman is 15 and in 10th grade with Laurel Springs School. She has been studying at the Collective for seven years and currently takes vocal lessons with Mallory Scoppa-Gardner and guitar lessons with Dave. She has been part of CPGs Backbeatz, 8trax, and Wood & Ivory, and you’ll see her shine on vocals in her fifth year with SPG1.

Leah’s Performance History:

 

 

 

 

 

I'm most excited to get back to being able to rock out and play music with my friends! I have learned so much outside of music from SPG1 - time management, problem-solving skills, attention to detail, responsibility, leadership, work ethic, teamwork, cooperation, persistence, commitment, and so much more. I have also learned about things on the business side such as marketing, advertising, and sales, as well as things specific to putting on shows such as stage plots, lighting, theatrics, ect. I think each performance season, our understanding of all of these things broadens as we are presented with new challenges and problems to face and overcome.

Like everyone else, before I was in SPG1 I used to go to shows. I had family friends that were in the group at the time, and seeing them perform is what made me want to go to the collective. As I did donation guitar, and tech monkey, I always looked up to the older kids in SPG1 and knew I wanted to be on a stage just like them.

I am excited to continue to step out of my comfort zone and push myself this year. Performing with the other members of SPG1 feels electric. It always boosts my mood, and confidence to play around with people I know and love. I’m mostly looking forward to Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers.

There's a lot of shows that I would consider my favorites, but I think my all-time favorite would have to be Walk this way, the music of Aerosmith. The energy that was on stage the second night of the show was unparalleled to anything we had ever done before.

I love music for many reasons. No matter what is happening in my life, whether it be good or bad, I can always turn to music and use it to express myself. I love music because although it's constantly evolving, and gifting us with new songs, bands, and artists, we never lose touch with the older ones. It can form connections between people, and never fails to bring people together.

It is difficult, to sum up, all the amazing things the Collective has done for me. The Collective has taught me many life lessons and skills that I will carry with me throughout the rest of my life, and broadened my knowledge about music as well as business and many other things. My social skills and confidence have grown tremendously.

The thing I love most about the Collective is that it has become my second home and has given me an amazing support system built up of students, staff, instructors, and parents all of whom I consider to be family. I know for a fact I would not be the person that I am today if it weren't for the Collective. Although being a student at the Collective and a member of SPG1 takes a lot of hard work and dedication, it is all worth it to be able to do what I love with all the people I love.”

Billy Bellino is 17 and is a junior at Danville Area High School. He has studied drums at the Collective with Bobby Leidhecker for two years, participated in the CPG groups Crystal Visions and CL Blues and the Company. This will be his second season on stage with SPG1, and you’ll see him both behind the set and on the mic.

Billy’s Performance History:

 

 

 

 

The Collective is a place where I can interact with like-minded, young musicians. Music offers a change in the monotony of daily living and I've wanted to play music in front of an audience for as long as I can remember. When I saw the Rolling Stones show, I was blown away at how professional it was and I was instantly drawn to the program. 

I'm excited to get back to playing great music on the CAC stage with my closest friends this year.  Being in SPG1 has taught me a lot about setting priorities straight, and keeping my life organized. Rehearsing and performing with the group brings me a certain kind of joy and satisfaction that nothing else can recreate.

My favorite show so far has been the Billy Joel/Elton John show - it was really cool playing in front of a full house. This year, I'm most excited for the Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers show because those are two of my favorite bands. I grew up listening to their music and still constantly listen to them today.”

13-year-old Matthew Bellino is a first-year performer with our SPG1 group. He is in 7th grade at St. Joseph High School in Danville and has been a student at the Collective for three years. He studies bass with Levi Stover and played in the CPG Vinyl Rewind.

Matthew’s Performance History:

 

 

 

 

Ever since I came to the Collective I always wanted to be on a big stage and be in SPG1. Being part of the group this year, I feel excited and anxious at the same time. I am excited to play in front of people, and I think I will learn more about time management and responsibility. Mostly, I’m looking forward to the Steely Dan show.

The Aerosmith show was my favorite so far because the music was very engaging and everyone seemed to have fun.

Music makes me feel like I can express my feelings without talking. The Collective is a place where I not only can play music but I can also be with my friends.”

 

A first-year guitarist in SPG1, 16-year-old Sylvie Briggs is currently in her senior year of high school and is also enrolled in classes through Penn State University. She’s studied at the Collective for four years, taking vocal lessons from Haley Miller and guitar lessons from Dave.

Sylvie’s Performance History:

 

 

“As a writer and a player, it's just an awesome outlet. Even as a listener, music is very powerful because the best of it comes from the soul of the musician and goes directly to the soul of the listeners. Genres and tastes vary with every person, but for each of us, really finding the music you enjoy... It's like unlocking a piece of your purpose somehow. Once you're sure of what you're doing, performing and practicing is a very driving experience. Rehearsing is hard work, but knowing how much it will pay off in the future is quite encouraging.

 I've always wanted to perform, ever since I was much younger (and didn't really understand much about it anyway). Although I joined the Collective without much interest in the group (I thought it was entirely unachievable since I had hardly touched an instrument before coming), it slowly began to seem more in reach as I realized there were peers of mine that got into the group. When I realized it was possible, it completely unlocked all my crazy dreams of someday commanding the attention of a crowd.

For my last two years as a tech monkey, I've always looked forward to possibly getting on the performance group not only because it was "cool" and whatnot, but also because I just loved the idea of performing. In-person I'm shy and quiet, but since I was very young I've dreamed of taking the stage. Through this journey, I believe I will learn to work better with others, overcome some of my fears as a musician, and be more open creatively. I really enjoyed the Aerosmith show that the Collective did last fall because it was just full of completely awesome performance and energy. Even as a tech monkey, I could feel it and see it. That show motivated me so much to just try harder, and work more so I might get on SPG1 this year and have a chance to be the energy I saw in that show.

Now that I get to be on the stage, I'm very excited about the Eagles show - I have a chance of playing a part in Hotel California!

The Collective just is an awesome place to learn music. Students can find themselves driven to learn, build confidence, and learn humility.”

 

17-year-old Isabelle Brumbaugh is a senior at Williamsport Area High School and has been taking lessons at the Collective for 11 years. Her 9-year tenure with SPG1 makes her a familiar face on the stage, and she has also played with CPGs Urban souls, The Duo, 70s Threshold, The 3rd Street Blues Band, and Crystal visions. She takes piano lessons from Steve Adams.

Izzy’s Performance History:

 

I’m excited to be in SPG1 again because I love performing, especially with my friends, and I just love everything the Collective provides. I always look forward to the process of putting the show together to actually playing the songs on stage. I love the atmosphere and the energy that everyone in the group brings to the rehearsals and on the stage. I’m most looking forward to the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan show.

I’ve been involved in a lot of shows and watching all the older kids do the amazing performances and amazing things they did, I wanted to do the same thing when I get older. My show favorite so far has been Captain Fantastic and the Piano Man.

I love music because it motivates me. It has a huge impact on how I go about my day.”

 

Isabel Butters is in 8th grade at Loyalsock Middle School and, at 13,  is one of the youngest performers in the group. She has been a student at the Collective for four years, taking vocal lessons from Stacia Abernatha and guitar lessons from Willi Ort. A singer, she has lent her voice to CPG Mini Motown and you’ll see her for the second year grabbing the mic on stage with SPG1.

Izzy’s Performance History:

 

 

 

 

“When we perform, I feel a rush of energy! It is so fun to be on stage!

The Collective has given me so many opportunities that I could not get anywhere else. I love hanging out with my best friends, and doing what I love the most... playing music! I also love that I get the opportunity to perform in front of a ton of people that are not my family.

So far, my favorite show that I’ve worked on was Time in a Bottle because I was the last song played before intermission! Also, I really enjoyed all of the music in that show. This year, I think Women of R&B will be my favorite - I’m really excited to belt some songs out!

For me, music is a way I can express myself. When I am playing or singing, I can show how I am feeling. In this group, I get to do what I love, with the people I love.”

Molly Chapman is 18 and in her senior year at Montoursville Area High School. She has been taking guitar lessons from Dave and vocal lessons from Stacia Abernatha for 10 years, performing with CPG groups Blue Envy, Backbeatz, Sonic Wall Party, and Vinyl Rewind. 2020-2021 will be her fifth year in SPG1.

Molly’s Performance History:

 

I was a tech monkey for the longest time, and I watched the members of that era- David Chubirka, Danny Smith, AJ Robbins, Dylan Rockoff, Gabe Stillman - and they really inspired me to make the stage mine like they made the stage theirs.

When I perform, I feel on top of the world. There’s nothing that can beat the feeling of playing music with people, especially when the sounds come together and the music starts becoming music from just chord progressions and rhythm. 

I’m excited to be playing music again. It’s been so long and I’m just beyond ecstatic at the idea of performing with my friends again. From SPG1 I’ve learned a lot of time management, responsibility, and leadership. This year, I’ll be learning how to cope with situations out of my direct control and make creative solutions.

The Arena Rock show was some of the most fun I’ve ever had performing, and this year, I'm most excited for the Eagles show. I love those songs and I’m excited to see what the directors will do to create it once more.

I live, breathe, and sleep music. I feel through music. I love it so much because it’s a little time capsule for someone’s emotions at a single moment that the listener can open up and feel.

The Collective has given me more than I can ever ask for. It gave me mentors who aren’t just mentors: they’re my friends and my family. It’s given me friends from all different backgrounds and who all have different interests because we all share one common goal: to make music. It’s given me so many life skills and, above all, it’s given me the gift of music.”

Isabella Cole is 17 and is a senior at Loyalsock Township High School. A familiar face on the UMC stage, she has been performing both vocals and keys with SPG1 for seven years. She currently takes vocal lessons from Mallory Scoppa-Gardner, and has also studied voice and keyboard with Kim Adair over her eight and half year tenure as a student. Isabella has performed with a number of our CPG groups: Urban Souls, Just Jazz, 7 Wonders, Midnight Soul, Sonic Wall Party, and Crystal Visions.

Isabella’s Performance History

 

“I’ve been singing and playing piano since I was 4 years old. Once I joined the Collective, I thought that the major performances looked like such a cool thing to do because not many kids get opportunities like these. I was right.

I am so excited to be back with the group because it has been so long since we were on the stage! I just missed playing music with my favorite people. Performing with other members is so much fun. They’re my best friends, and it’s so much fun to see the amazing things we can all do together.

My favorite past performance was “Time in a Bottle” because I grew up listening to that music and have always dreamed of performing it. Also, I got to play the dulcimer! This year, the Women of R&B show is the one I’m super excited for because the girls are going to be able to showcase their power and ability in every single song. I know I will really appreciate this year since it will be my last one at the Collective.

Music helps me escape the stress of day to day life. It has helped me through the toughest times of my life and I am extremely grateful for it. The Collective has not only taught me to be a better musician, but a better person as well. I have learned so many life lessons over the years that I will carry with me forever.”

 

Abby Colone is 16 and is a sophomore at Loyalsock Township High School. She has been a student at the Collective for ten years and takes vocal lessons with Kim Adair. She has played with CPG The Backbeatz and this is her first official season as a vocalist with SPG1.

Abby’s Performance History:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The collective is like a crazy yet controlled fun family to be a part of.

I took a break from big shows for a year and I realized how much I loved them and how much fun I had doing them. I did a Motown show when I was 11 in April of 2015 (soooooo long ago) so I’d consider myself a new-comer. I’m REALLY pumped to learn all the new techniques I know Dave has in store for me, and I'm excited to develop as a performer and as a musician. When we play with the SPG1 group, I feel like everyone corresponds with one another and I think the energy in the room will be contagious.

My favorite show so far was definitely the Billy Joel and Elton John show, and this year I’m most excited for the Women’s R&B show.

Music Is really contagious... the energy it creates is matchless.”

Chase Cowden is 14 and entering his 4th year of drum study with Adam Westover at the Collective. He attends Loyalsock Township Highschool where he is a freshman and will grace the SPG1 performance stage for his second year behind the set. He has also played with our CPG Mini Motown.

Chase’s Performance History

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The collective helps me prepare for life, teaching me how to work with others and lead others as well. It’s taught me discipline and practice habits. Everything I learned from the Collective - musical and non-musical - will help me be better prepared for my life to come.

I am really excited to begin to perform and make music again. I’ve missed it a lot during COVID. Everyone in SPG1 wants to play the music and wants to play it to the best of their abilities, and that’s something that I love to take a part in.

This year, I’m most looking forward to our 20th-anniversary show but the Billy Joel and Elton John show has been my favorite so far. I was familiar with the music going into the rehearsals, but playing it for that many people gives a whole new meaning to the songs and performances in general.

Music helps me connect with my peers, and the people we are performing the music for. It’s an escape out of all life’s problems and stress.”

Drummer Connor Evans is 15 and a sophomore at Williamsport Area High School. He is a three-year student of UMC instructor Bobby Leidhecker, has played with the CPG Crystal Visions, and is a second-year SPG1 performer. 

Connor’s Performance History

 

 

 

 

 

“The Collective is more than just a place where musicians go to play music and improve their performance. The Collective is the people in the building that strive to be better musicians and better people. We support each other through the bonds we share and that’s why I love the Collective. 

The SPG 1 program has always been a dream of mine to be a part of when I first saw the Collective perform. I am excited to be part of the group again because of the bonds I have formed and the development of not only my music but also my personality. The others I get to perform and rehearse with are like my second family and they are supportive of me and each other. So far, my favorite Collective performance is definitely Aerosmith. The energy was great and performing it was a lot of fun.

Through my time at the Collective, I have learned to always keep my head up when challenges arise and strive to overcome them. This year, I will learn to better incorporate my own feelings into the songs I play and will strive to be the best me I can be. And I am quite excited to play Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers.

Music is inspiring to me. It raises my creativity and strives me to do better every time I am playing. Music is everywhere and being able to perform music is the greatest gift ever.”

16-year-old Collin Franzen is in 11th grade at Williamsport Area Highschool. He has been a student at the Collective for five years, studying drums with Jesse Roedts, and has played in CPGs 8 Trax, Sonic Wall Party, and Vinyl Rewind. 2020-2021 will be his third year as a member of SPG1.

Collin’s Performance History:

 

 

 

 

 

 

“My involvement with SPG1 has helped me to better myself as a person and as a musician. In a way, it feels like a second family. When we work together, I feel excited and confident in the music we make. This year, I’m most excited for the Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers show.

My favorite show I was ever a part of was Generation Grunge. I’ve listened to 90s grunge and alternative since I started music, and I’m a big fan of acoustic shows because I feel they hold a lot of power.

Music gives everyone a voice no matter who they are.”

Dominic Fredin is a 17-year-old senior, attending Montoursville Area School District online. He has been a student at the Collective for five years where he has studied guitar with Dave. During his work with UMC, he has participated in several Community Performance Groups; 8 Trax, Eyes of Disarray, and CL Blues and the Company. The 2020-2021 season is his third with SPG1, and you’ll see him rocking guitar and vocals.

Dom’s Performance History

 

 

 

 

 

“I've learned that music takes a lot of hard work and discipline and that just playing the right notes at the right time is not enough.

I'm excited to be in SPG1 again this year because I love the feeling I get when I’m playing music with my friends. I remember watching SPG1 as a TechMonkey, yearning for the day I got to be on the stage. When we’re performing, I get a feeling matched by no other feeling...nothing else matters, it is just us, the music, and the crowd.

My favorite Collective performance that I’ve been a part of was The Eagles. I wasn't even in SPG1 yet - I was a tech monkey. I just love the Eagles - they are one of my favorite bands. This year, I’m most excited for the Steely Dan show. It is an awesome combination of technically difficult music, but still, rock music at the same time.

Music has the power to change my mood and emotions. I love it when I can listen to someone put their heart and soul into a song and I can feel what they’re feeling. I love the chills I get when I listen to music… I just love everything about music.

And I love the Collective because I love family, and the Collective is like family to me.”

Rian Gephart is 12 years old and in 7th grade in the Montoursville Area School District. She takes vocal lessons from Mallory Scoppa-Gardner and has studied at the Collective for 6 years. She sang with the CPG Mini Motown and is going to experience her first major performances this year in SPG1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wanted to be a part of SPG1 because I think I will gain a lot of confidence and become so much better of a performer. I am excited because I want to learn new things and how to be responsible and get to work with everyone. I think I’ll learn the importance of responsibility and some new music.

My favorite show the group has ever done was Billy Joel and Elton John. This year, I’m most excited to be part of the Women and R&B show.

Music allows me to express myself, and I love the Collective because I can learn music, be myself, and do what I love with people who love it just as much as me.”

Gabreon Godin is 15 and is a freshman at Williamsport Area High School. A student of the Collective for seven years and a 3-year veteran of SPG1, he studies guitar with Dave and has been part of the CPG groups CL Blues and the Company and Eyes of Disarray. He will be playing guitar and bass in our major performances.

Gabreon’s Performance History:

 

Music is the best thing in my life and performing at the level that this group requires gives me more than I could ever ask for. The collective gives me the dreams I want to achieve that I otherwise could never do. Without the Collective, sure I could know how to play guitar but making music and performing that music is a skill only they can give me the high level they offer. It's extraordinary how much they offer and whatever happens in the future I will owe to them.

My favorite show I’ve been a part of so far was the Aerosmith Show because it was the first show that I think the group was at their best. The entire show was amazing and the group was stronger than ever as a whole. This year, I'm super excited for the doobie brothers and steely Dan show because the music is complex and amazing.

Music brings me everything I need emotionally. Whether it's joy or anger, sadness or hopefulness, music is there to boost me. Then, when I get to perform, I'm at peace. The 2 minutes of a song feel like an eternity and that eternity is beyond compare to anything else I know. If anything is the answer, music is the answer for me.”

Sage Gurski is 15 and in tenth grade at Danville Area High School. A first-year SPG1 vocalist, she has been studying with Stacia Abernatha for three years at the Collective and has performed with the CPG Crystal Visions.

“I’m excited for everything about my first year in SPG1. I’m excited to be in a room with other musicians more often than before, and to make bonds that are invaluable. Being in SPG1 means that I  get to be around other serious musicians who enjoy and have a love for music. I’m already realizing that when we rehearse, we are unified, and there is no better place to be than beside all the other musicians in this group. I think I will learn to be a better musician this year.

I’m excited for all the shows, this year, and my favorite past performance was the Billy Joel and Elton John Show. - everyone was so connected and into the music.

I love music because it can pull you out of some of the darkest days and give you something positive to think about. The Collective has helped me realize that I want to become better everyday, and it gives me a place where I can collaborate with other musicians unapologetically.”

 

Andrew Head is 17 and a senior at Montoursville Area High School. He has studied at the Collective for seven years and is entering his fourth year as a bassist with SPG1. He takes lessons from Dave and has played with CPGs Backbeatz, Sonic Wall Party, and Crystal Visions.

Andrew’s Performance History:

 

 

 

 

I love playing on stage with people that I love. It is a feeling that you can't describe.

I am really excited to take on the adversity that will face us with the current coronavirus problem. Music can truly get you through anything in life. Whenever you need it, music is there for you, and this year, we need music more than ever.

I am most excited about the Eagles show because I am directing it and I love the Eagles. I hope to learn more about the planning process of everything. Last year, I helped direct Aerosmith and the energy on stage and in the house was just amazing throughout the two nights - that’s definitely my favorite experience so far.

I love the sense of family that you get at the Collective. It’s taught me not only about leadership and time management but also how to grow relationships. It is a truly amazing feeling being with people that you love.”

 

Anthony LaCerra is 16 and a junior at Loyalsock Township High School. He has studied guitar with Dave for three and a half years and has played with both The 3rd Street Blues Band and CL Blues and the Company. The 2020-2021 season will be his third playing with the SPG1 group, and you’ll see him rocking on both guitar and drums.

Anthony’s Performance History:

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the Collective. It gives me the privilege to perform on the CAC stage, and it allows me to learn and create music with my peers. As part of SPG1, I get to perform on stage and meet new people. I have learned discipline and time management. This year, I’m most excited to play Steely Dane, and I know I will learn how to become a better leader and a better performer.

When I’m playing with the group, I feel more connected with them. We share the same wavelength, and it is just a whole other experience that I love.

My favorite show I’ve been part of so far was Aerosmith - I absolutely loved the music, and I really enjoyed the guitar playing. I also felt the most alive on stage.

I love music because it expresses feelings that cannot be said with words.”

 

Ella Lamey is 16 years old and a junior at Williamsport Area High School. She has been taking voice lessons with Haley Miller for 6 years, and will be one of our vocalists for her first season in SPG1. You may recognize her from her participation in the CPG Vinyl Rewind.

Ella’s Performance History:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I’m excited to be part of SPG1 this year to make new friends and have new experiences. I love that the Collective has allowed me to meet other musicians my age that I wouldn’t have found on my own.

So far, my favorite UMC Show was Aerosmith. I’m not that big of an Aerosmith fan, but everything about the show just looked really fun and you could tell the students worked really hard to put it together.

I’m excited to do larger performances with new friends this year. I get, like, this rush and once I get comfortable on stage I feel like I’m where I need to be. I think I will learn better time management. Music just makes me feel like I’m one with everything.”

 

Jossian Lilley is a 15-year-old freshman at Loyalsock Township Highschool who has been a guitar student with Dave for two and a half years. He played with CPG Vinyl Rewind and is excited for his first year as a guitarist with SPG1.

Jossian’s Performance History:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The idea of playing music on this level is exhilarating and I had already known a lot of people in the group that I not only wanted to get to work with but also enjoy performing with. I love the Collective because it offers an experience like no other. You can learn to play an instrument but here you can learn how to break into the world of not only playing music but performing and developing while you do so.

This year, I'm excited to learn how to play as a group in music that I've never gotten to work with before - I’m especially looking forward to the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan. I'm also excited to play on a scale that I've never achieved before. With the group, I feel like I'm amongst my own people. There aren't a lot of people that I know that enjoy and understand music the same way I do, and when playing with this fantastic group of people, I really feel at home.

My favorite performance so far has been Billy Joel and Elton John. There was something in the air that night and it just completely blew me away with how fantastic it was.

I love music because it's practically defined who I am. It took me a while to realize what I love doing with my life and who I really want to be seen as and music has given me the perfect means to express that.”

Emma Luke is 16 and in 11th grade at Loyalsock Township High School.  She has taken vocal lessons for four years from Mallory Scoppa-Gardner, and will be a second-year vocalist in SPG1. She sings with the CPG Vinyl Rewind.

Emma’s Performance History:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I am so excited to be in SPG1 again. I joined because I have always loved to perform and I wanted to challenge myself and make new friends. I have learned a ton of new stuff being in SPG1 like commitment, time management, communication skills, and so much more!

Aerosmith was my favorite show so far. The energy was skyrocketing and we were all having so much fun. The show lineup is awesome for this year too, and we are all excited to perform for you all. I am very excited for the Doobie Brothers show.

I love music because it gives me a way to express myself without using words. I get to use my emotions to connect through songs. Playing music together brings such joy to all of us, and I feel like I am unstoppable when I'm on stage.

The collective has given me so many opportunities that I would never get elsewhere. It has taught me so many skills that I will need for my future.”

 

Cassidy Lutz is a 15-year-old sophomore at Loyalsock High School. He takes bass lessons at the Collective with Levi Stover and has been studying with us for five years. The 2020-2021 season will be his second with SPG1. He has also played with the CPG Mini Motown.

Cassidy’s Performance History:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Music inspires me every day. I wanted to be a part of SPG1 because it’s fun to learn songs and play them for people on stage. Last year, I loved the Time in a Bottle show, and this year I am excited to play some more high energy music with my friends this year and am especially looking forward to Steely Dan.

I have a lot of fun with the group and I have learned a work ethic and group work abilities. This year I will learn more discipline due to a higher amount of more challenging assignments.

The Collective teaches me work ethic, and it is like a second home.”

Stephanie Nappi is 16 years old and is a sophomore at Williamsport Area High School. She has studied vocal performance with Mallory Scoppa-Gardner for four years and was part of our Wood ‘n Ivory CPG. This will be her second year in SPG1 - you’ll see her on the mic and behind the keys on stage.

Stevie’s Performance History

 

 

 

 

 

“Originally, I wanted to be a part of SPG1 so that I could meet new people and learn to be a better musician and performer. I have learned so many skills from being in SPG1: responsibility, teamwork, time management, and preparation. I think this year will push my boundaries and help me step even further outside my comfort zone to do the best job I can. The group has helped me grow as a person and performer and I’m excited to be back into playing with my friends again.

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 be better than I think I can be.

When it comes to past performances, Captain Fantastic and the Piano Man was my favorite because I love Billy Joel and Elton John's music, and I feel that I broke out of my shell and had a great performance during the show. This year, I’m most excited for Women of R&B.

For me, music has always been able to help me clear my mind and put me in a better mood - even on my bad days. Through my love of music and performing, I was able to build some of the greatest friendships.

The Collective has not only taught me many valuable life skills like responsibility, time management, prioritization, preparation, teamwork, and many more, but it has also helped me grow and mature. Both the adults and the other students at the Collective have all treated me like family and helped me become a better person and performer.”

Tyler Noaker is 18 and a recent graduate of Lewisburg Area School District. He is in his third year of guitar lessons with Dave and vocal lessons with Stacia Abernatha. He played with the CPG Crystal Visions, and our 2020-2021 season will be his second playing guitar with SPG1.

Tyler’s Performance History

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I love music because it creates a wonderful feeling unlike anything else, and it never fades.

I wanted to be a part of SPG1 because I wanted to be able to perform at the CAC and do the things I saw other kids doing on stage. When we all play together, there’s a feeling of happiness and emotional expression that is shared among us and creates a deep connection.

This year, I’m excited to direct a show, watch it all come together, and perform it. Being in SPG1 has taught me that if we all do our part and work together as a team, we can do incredible things. I have the opportunity to learn more about leadership and putting a show together from the very beginning when it’s still just a thought. Mostly, I’m excited for our Steely Dan show.

My favorite collective performance was the Aerosmith show. Not only did I get to perform the music from one of my favorite bands, but it’s where I opened up on stage for the first time and learned to feel the music more than ever.

I love the collective because it has instilled a love for music in me that I will always have, and it has shown me how powerful music can really be.” 

Luke O’Brien has been taking lessons at the Collective for four years and studies guitar with Dave. A sophomore at Loyalsock Township high school, he is 16 and a first-year SPG1 and he has also played with the CPG Mini Motown.

Luke’s Performance History:

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I wanted to be a part of SPG1 because I have a lot of friends in it, and I’ve worked with them for so many years. I also feel it will be a wonderful learning experience for both responsibility and my playing.

I’m excited to get to work with a lot of the people who’ve become my friends from tech monkeying so many shows, and of course to play for a large crowd. I hope to learn more performance skills and just generally become a better player of songs.

I feel very exhilarated when we rehearse and play; people are usually well-rehearsed and the music just feels tight.

My favorite show so far was Time in a Bottle because it had a lot of songs I already liked, it was on the small stage, and everyone did an amazing job performing. This year, I’m most looking forward to The Led Zeppelin portion of the final show.

Music is the only art form that I can make, recreate, enjoy, and the only anyone can dance to. And the Collective has taught me so much not only about music, but how to be confident, responsible, and disciplined.”

 

 

Gavin Paulhamus is 17 and a senior attending Hughesville High School. He has been a student at the Collective for five years where he studies guitar with Dave. His third year in SPG1, you’ll see him rocking bass, guitar, and vocals - and maybe the harmonica too.

Gavin’s Performance History:

 

 

 

 

 

Music elicits feelings in me that I haven't felt by doing anything else. Being creative and expressing myself through something other than words is an amazing thing, and that combined with the feelings music gives me is why I love it so much.

I originally wanted to be part of SPG1 so that I could take my playing to the next level. I was amazed when I first saw SPG1 play, and I knew I wanted to try and be that cool. So far, my favorite performance was Billy Joel and Elton John. The crowd's energy paired with the music was just amazing, it was like nothing I had ever experienced.

I am excited to get back on stage and play with my friends again. I am most excited about the Steely Dan show this year. I absolutely love the band and I can't wait to dissect their songs. I hope to learn from the incredible studio guitarists that have played with them.

When we play, I feel like a true Rockstar. It is truly the most fun I have ever had. I feel like we are all connected, playing as one unit, and it really is an amazing feeling. I have learned so much about leadership through the Collective and I feel I will learn even more about it this year being a senior. I can't wait to continue improving my playing.

I love the collective because it gives me experiences that I couldn't get through any other organizations. I get to be a rockstar, and I have played in front of thousands of people - what other teenagers can say that? I also get to play with the coolest kids that I have ever had the pleasure to meet.

What isn't to love?”

Maren Snow is 18 and a senior at Lewisburg Area High School. She has been studying with the Collective since she was in 6th grade and is entering her third year as a vocalist and bassist with SPG1. She takes lessons with Mallor Scoppa-Gardner and Levi Stover and will play with her first CPG group this year.

Maren’s Performance History:

 

 

 

 

“SPG1 offers an amazing and unique opportunity for me to play great music with extremely talented musicians (who are my age!) for audiences of over 2,000 people. Being part of the group, I’ve learned commitment and dedication to things that I’m working on. I think this year I will work especially on leadership.

It's always so exciting to play with everyone! I feel like I have such a good opportunity to bond with my bandmates/friends with a lot of great music.

The Collective offers so much to every student. With lessons and workshops, I'm given the ability to grow as a musician and person. And unlike any other place in the area, the Collective puts me in a position to easily collaborate and work alongside other musicians my age.

Our 70s folk show - Time in a Bottle - was my favorite I’ve participated in so far. 70s folk is one of my favorite genres to listen to and play and I really like playing at the CTL because it’s such an intimate space where we can really connect with the audience. This year, it will probably be Steely Dan and the Doobie Bros. I feel like their music is the perfect combination of challenging and fun to play.

Music is really versatile: It’s something I can turn to when I feel stressed or anxious, but I can also use it to improve the good mood that I’m already in.”