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The Hatley Band

The Hatley Band

Biography

The Hatley Band can best be described as a country band infused with a touch of southern rock. Carl has been a musician in Key West, Florida, and has quickly emerged as one of The Conch Republic’s hottest performers. Hatley just completed his album in December 2014 in Nashville under the tutelage of Grammy Award winning Producer Mark Lambert. Hatley features lead guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, and drums. With a booming baritone, a great supporting cast, fabulous original material, and an exciting, high-energy repertoire of songs, Hatley is sure to please any audience.

For more information about The Hatley Band visit their Facebook, & Website.

School to Receive Donation
Sarasota High

Why This School?
Its close to my home and members of my household go to school there. Also, members of the household are alumni of Sarasota High.

School Contact Information
941-955-0181
Website

Song Submission One: Addicted To You


Song Submission Two: Into The Mystic


Audiosphere

Audiosphere

Audiosphere

About
Audiosphere is a network of musicians who write, record and perform original music. Their musical style ranges from Latin to Rock, Pop to Blues, Country to Reggae and everything in between.

School to Receive Donation
Sarasota High School

Why This School?
Son attends this school.

School Contact Information
Website

Email: director@mightysailorband.org

School Contact Person
Charles Alfrey – music director

For more information about Audiosphere visit their Facebook, & Website.

Band Members: 

Bill Petras
Guitar, Vocals


Bruce Thistle
Guitar, Vocals


Roberto Villanueva
Drums, Vocals

Fred Adams
Bass

3sa
Vocals

Song Submission One: My Heart


Song Submission Two: The Rest Of My Life


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Jah Movement Reggae Band

Jah Movement Reggae Band

Biography

Jah Movement Reggae Band is “The Movement” bringing you the best top 40 Funk, Soul, R&B, Hip Hop, Pop, Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, and Calypso DANCE MUSIC, by some of the best artists such as Sizzla, Buju Banton, Rihanna, Lauryn Hill, Alison Hines, Mary J Blige, SuperCat, Busta Rhymes, Protege, Jah 9, Montell Jordan, Jasmine Sullivan, Earth Wind and Fire, Sister Nancy, Bob Marley and plenty more. We are NOT your ordinary reggae band!

School to Receive Donation
Booker High School

Why This School?
We like to help achieve dreams and aspirations of our next generation.

School Contact Information
3201 North Orange Avenue Sarasota, Florida 34234
941-355-2967
Website

For more information about Jah Movement Reggae Band visit their Facebook, Website, Twitter & Instagram (Jah Movement Reggae Band).

Band Members: 

Damie Caines & Shantel Norman
Vocals

John Tip-Money Walker
Drums

Fred Adams
Keys

Danny Miller
Bass

George Esdaile
Guitar

Justin Green
Sax

Song Submission One: I Want Your Love


Song Submission Two: Live Mix


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The Straps

EveryOneRocks.com – The Straps

Biography

The Straps are a band from Sarasota. They’re part of the Rockband program at EveryOneRocks.com. They formed several weeks ago.

School to Receive Donation
Booker High School

Why This School?
Their VPA program provided a great learning experience for students interested in music.

School Contact Information
3201 North Orange Avenue Sarasota, Florida 34234
941-355-2967
Website

School Contact Person
Dr. Rachel Shelley

For more information about EveryOneRocks visit their Website.

Band Members: 

Nathan Epstein
Guitar, Bass, Vocals

Quinton Puleo
Guitar, Vocals

Annah Cooper
Vocals, Keyboard

Jared Stuckey
Guitar, Bass, Vocals

Devin Wade
Drums

Song Submission One: Somebody Told Me


Song Submission Two: All The Small Things


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Paige Merriman

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Page Merriman

Biography

Paige is a 15 year old singer-songwriter and musician from Bradenton, Fl, by way of Rochester, NY. She began playing piano at the age of 4 and began singing as soon as she could talk. . She draws from a diverse musical background with influences including Paramore, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars to mention a few. Her blend of singer-songwriter along with her talent on the piano, give her an original, honest and progressive sound that mirrors her ability to connect with a variety of audiences. In the summer of 2015, Paige was featured in LWRLife Magazine as a “Rising Star” and also released a cover EP “Cover Me” The EP shows a wide range of her talent. Paige is an alumnus of the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, an organization aimed at helping young artists looking for a head start in their musical careers. The Foundation, run by Mr. Del Couch, is best known for former American Idol contestant Sam Woolf, who is also an alumnus and has worked and performed with Paige in several events. Through the Foundation, Paige has also had the opportunity to meet with Rock guitarist Rick Derringer, and also open for national acts such as the Doobie Brothers, War, Thompson Square and Jefferson Starship. Paige has begun working on her first original debut album. Release date TBA at a later date. 

For more information about Paige Merriman visit her  Website.

School to Receive Donation
Lakewood Ranch High School 

Why This School?
I attend here.

School Contact Information
5500 Lakewood Ranch Blvd – Bradenton, FL 34211
941-727-6100
Website

School Contact Person
Mr. Craig Little x 2001
little1c@manateeschools.net

Song Submission One: Crazy In Love


Song Submission Two: Chains


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Spark Notes

Spark Notes

About
Grown organically in Sarasota, say hello to Spark Notes.

Biography
Passion, energy, audience-insight and our ability to deliver a fun and professional show makes Spark Notes the band you want for your event! Whether you’re looking for a light acoustic feel or you want the amps cranked to 11, we take pride in delivering music that is perfect for your business, festival, party, wedding or show.

School to Receive Donation
Booker High School

Why This School?
Two founding members are alumni

School Contact Information
3201 North Orange Avenue Sarasota, Florida 34234
941-355-2967
Website

School Contact Person
John Ledbetter – ROTC

For more information about Spark Notes visit their Facebook, Website, & Twitter.

Band Members: 

Gene
Vocals, Guitar

The Reverend DJ Lalo
Vocals, Bass

Erik
Vocals, Drums

Song Submission One: Undone


Song Submission Two: Ode to Siesta


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Doug Burns

Doug Burns

Biography

After years of playing guitar and singing for the punk rock band Last Great Hope I decided to take a different direction and explore another style of music. I’ve always loved traditional country music, even before I really knew what it was all about. I never went for the pop stuff but always knew Johnny Cash was the real deal. He was kind of my “gateway drug” to other country artists like Hank Williams Sr., Waylon Jennings, Hank 3 and Guy Clark. In the same way the Ramones led me into punk rock, Johnny Cash opened the door to a different world of music.


But it wasn’t until a few years ago when I dug out some old records and listened to “Guitar Town” by Steve Earl that it hit me. The songs rattling around in my head sounded a lot like his and it dawned on me that what I was writing was more akin to country than punk but it still had all the same fire and energy. So now I am doing my own thing, writing and playing roots country songs mixed with Americana and Outlaw styles. My songs are definitely country music but they are also influenced by punk rock bands like Ramones and Social Distortion. They range from dark and lonesome to happy and up-tempo and are always deeply rooted by a hook and a catchy melody. At the heart of any good song there should be something that makes you tap your foot, hum the melody and remember it long after it’s over and that’s what I shoot for with every song I write. 

So, with the release of my first solo album “Somewhere in the Middle” I am energized and excited for new musical adventures and experiences. I’ve been very fortunate to have already shared the stage with some of my musical heroes and have been booked to play festivals and large events. I look forward to playing in support of my record and can’t wait to share my songs with new friends, fans and the world because that’s why I write and play music in the first place. I already have a great network of people that support me and it’s growing every day. However, they are more than just fans or friends and like I tell them at all my shows, “welcome to the family!” 

For more information about Doug Burns visit his Facebook

School to Receive Donation:
Venice Middle School

Why This School?:
My son attends and I would like to give their music program a boost! 

School Contact Information:
1900 Center Road
Venice, Florida 34292
P: 941-486-2100
F: 941-486-2108
Website

Band Members:
Doug Burns
Vocals, Guitar

Song Submission 1: Big Dumb Moon


Song Submission 2: Always Be With You


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South Trail Band

South Trail Band

About

A hearty mix of rock, blues, soul, funk, reggae, and more makes STB an event to see. From Allman Brothers to ZZ Top and everything in between. Featuring three lead vocalists covering a wide range of music genres, rich three part harmonies, and funky instrumental jams. We specialize in getting the crowd on their feet. A South Trail show is a guaranteed good time!

School to Receive Donation:
Riverview High School

Why this school?

Our band consists of two Riverview teachers (including the music teacher) and one Riverview assistant principle.

School contact information
1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL 34231
Website

School contact person
Glenn Wachter

For more information about the South Trail Band visit their Facebook

Band Members: 

Earl King
Vocals

Donna Scaglione
Vocals

Mike Bornhorst
Guitar

Glenn Wachter
Drums

Norm Vagn
Bass

Jim Minor
Keyboard

Chip Phillips
Keyboard and Harmonica

Song Submission 1: Evil Ways

Song Submission 2: Folsom Prison Blues