By Rick Dandes
The Daily Item
NORTHUMBERLAND — In less than a year, a new band, Kill Scheme, formed by five Valley musicians, had made such a strong musical statement that their group was selected from among 250 others to compete in the Hard Rock Cafe Rising competition in Philadelphia, next week, March 28.
“We had to submit an original song,” said Harry Kerstetter, one of the band’s two guitarist. “We came in third in the competition, which was pretty exciting.”
Other members of the band are Bill Dunkelberger,vocals, Luke Shellenberger also on guitars, Nate Longenderfer, bass, and Shawn Hoffer, drums.
Dunkelberger, Kerstetter and Hoffer are from Northumberland, Longenderfer is from Sunbury, Shellenberger, Selinsgrove.
The band has been drawing big crowds in area venues, said Dunkelberger. Their next gig is this weekend at Friendship Hose Company, in Sunbury.
Now, they’ll be bringing their music to Philadelphia, where they’re expected to play a 20-minute set. Two other bands will be playing that night in a competition. Over four weeks, 12 bands will be judged and one will emerge as representing Hard Rock, Philadelphia, in a world-wide competition.
“We’re excited, we’re psyched up,” added Longenderfer.
The band has been writing hard rock original music furiously, he said.
Watch for a CD sometime in the near future.
But right now, all the emphasis is on their Hard Rock performance next week.
“We’re gonna do well, I know it,” Kerstetter said. “We’ve really clicked. The music tells the story and people are into it.”
Kerstetter and the rest of the band wanted to thank their families and fans for what has been a whirlwind ride to the top over the past year.