Franklin County band takes top honors in Battle of the Bands

September 24, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • The Drew Adams Project consists of, from left, Drew Adams, Josh "Duff" Sanders, Pat Henson and Adam Brosious.
The Drew Adams Project consists of, from left, Drew Adams, Josh "Duff" Sanders, Pat Henson and Adam Brosious.

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Dozens of rehearsals and open mic nights preceded just one demo recording that gave The Drew Adams Project a host of new opportunities.

The Franklin County, Pa., band recently took top honors in the eighth annual Battle of the Bands hosted by 98.5 The Peak out of York, Pa. The group's demo recording of “Heartache Tonight” by the Eagles won them a spot in the live contest.

Lead guitarist Drew Adams said he heard a commercial for the competition in May and started planning in his mind.

“I thought, ‘I bet if we enter, we could do pretty well,’” Adams said.

For the past year and a half, Drew Adams on lead guitar, Josh “Duff” Sanders on guitar, Pat Henson on drums and Adam Brosious on bass have melded to become The Drew Adams Project. They all contribute to vocals.

“Being involved in this project has spurred a lot of creativity on a personal level for me, and I couldn’t ask to perform with a better group of guys,” said Brosious, 24, of Chambersburg, Pa.

Adams, Sanders and Brosious knew each other from Waynesboro (Pa.) Area Senior High School, and they met Henson through the local music scene.

It can be difficult to make connections with venues if the managers or owners are not familiar with your group, Adams said. The Drew Adams Project took on a lot of open mic nights initially, he said.

“You can be the best band in the world and without name recognition, it doesn’t mean anything,” said Henson, 43, of Waynesboro.

The band members drove on back roads and past peach orchards to reach the 98.5 The Peak competition in Biglerville, Pa. There, they competed in a large auditorium to win applause from the audience.

“Each band was given a half hour,” said Sanders, 23, of Waynesboro.

The Drew Adams Project performed selections from REO Speedwagon and the Beatles as well as “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People and “Cleveland Rocks.” They were the last band to play.

Winning brought The Drew Adams Project bragging rights, music store gift certificates and $575 in cash. Sanders said the band members are buying strings, sticks and guitar picks with the awards.

Adams, 25, of Waynesboro said he hopes the title helps with bookings in areas like Frederick, Md., and Altoona, Pa.

“We’ve been announcing it at all our shows,” Sanders said.

The band is working on its first album as a group. Its members said they all started their love of music as children.

“I started (drumming) on apple baskets and coffee cans at age 5,” Henson said, saying he was inspired by parade drumlines.

Sanders, who has Beatles lyrics incorporated into a tattoo, started playing saxophone in elementary school.

“I’ve been a band geek ever since then,” he said.

Adams said the band stands out from others because of its diversity, playing everything except country and rap.

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