The Band’s name is “The Band”

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The Band’s name is “The Band”

Senior Joseph Dowd of The Band performing at the 2019 Taft’s Got Talent Show.

Senior Joseph Dowd of The Band performing at the 2019 Taft’s Got Talent Show.

Senior Joseph Dowd of The Band performing at the 2019 Taft’s Got Talent Show.

Senior Joseph Dowd of The Band performing at the 2019 Taft’s Got Talent Show.

Keely Simon, Reporter

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On Feb. 26, Taft hosted the annual Taft’s Got Talent talent show in the auditorium, wowing the crowd with their many talents in music.

     One of the contestants, known as The Band, consisting of Joseph Dowd (Div. 934), Michael Zuzia (Div. 125), Christopher Sackett (Div. 123) and choir teacher Phillip Platakis, won second place with their covers of both ‘She’ and ‘Basket Case’ from the punk rock band Green Day.

     “I played the drums for the talent show, I’ve been playing for a little over six months now…I felt super grateful and happy that we won because I couldn’t do the talent show last year,” commented Sackett on winning second place.

      The Band chose to cover Green Day songs due to their mutual interest in the alternative rock band and it so happened to be the 25th year anniversary of the album Dookie on Feb 1. The songs ‘She’ and  ‘Basket Case’ are featured on the 1995 album which sold 20 million copies worldwide.

     “It was a no brainer to do She and Basket Case, especially since it was the 25th anniversary of Dookie, Green Day’s most successful album…Me and Chris had both been dying to do a Green Day cover love, so that was the perfect place to do it,” said Dowd.

Even though the idea seemed easy to make reality, it wasn’t so simple for the band to get together in the beginning. In what began as a duo, Dowd and Sackett needed a bass player complete their group. That is where they met talented player Zuzia and soon the band was ready to hit the stage. At the last second though, Dowd had come down with strep throat leaving no one to take the position of lead singer.

       “I was going to sing lead, but I got strep throat literally a day before the show and Mr. Platakis was kind enough to sing lead for us,” said Dowd.

     Platakis, who has been singing for as long has he could remember, had only a few experiences performing with the group prior to the show.

        “I sang with Chris and Michael briefly once before. Joe and I sang together frequently but the talent show was the first time all of us had actually played anything together,” said Platakis.

        This was actually the first time the band had played together in front of an audience and it might not be their last.

         “We are discussing becoming a Green Day tribute band or just doing covers, so we are definitely going to jam soon,” said Sackett.

        “I was just happy just happy we got to perform it. That was the most fun I’ve has doing a concert, those songs are just so energetic and electric to play,” said Dowd.

        Taft hopes to see more come out of this new band and for more talent to blossom out of the talent show.