Teens rockin' it out at band fest

September 23, 2008|By FEDORA COPLEY / Pulse Correspondent

All great bands start out as amateurs. But you can find some really talented musicians in low-key, local bands. The only problem is finding them.

The Washington County Free Library is hosting the Teen Band Fest from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, as an effort to give young musicians from the area a chance to shine and become known to the public.

In addition to the bands, there will be a bracelet-making workshop, temporary tattoos and refreshments for purchase.

One band that will perform is called Exit One. The members, who are all in their late teens/early 20s, include Rhett Troxell, lead vocalist and who mainly plays electric guitar, Jayme Salviati on acoustic guitar and vocals, Phillip Jordan on electric guitar, Darren Lehman, on bass, and Rodney Lehman on drums.

The name of the band is a nod to many of the members' hometown of Williamsport, which is "off Exit one," said Troxell, 22, who spoke on behalf of the group.


Exit One has been playing together for six to seven months, according to Troxell.

The band was formed when Troxell "got a cool gig at a carnival," and was asked about bringing in a band. The friends who performed with him are now the members of Exit One. At the carnival, the band had a lot of positive feedback, so they decided to continue performing and writing songs.

Troxell described Exit One's style as "new age/alternative/rock." The band plays music similar to Three Doors Down and Matchbox 20.

When it comes to songs, "we do covers that people know," Troxell said. However, the band also writes and performs original songs. He and Salviati, who were friends before the band was started, have been writing songs together for a while and have recorded a few albums.

If you go ...

What: Teen Band Fest

When: 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27

Where: Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown

MORE: For more information, call Lisa Key at 301-739-3250, ext. 126.

Parking is available at St. John's Lutheran Church parking lot. Bring a chair.

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