NEWS & EVENTS

Alumni Band Plans Downtown Show During Homecoming

October 6, 2010

Fifteen years later, the three Hartwick College alumni who form the Albany, NY-based punk band "Deflowered" are returning to downtown Oneonta. The band will mark its 15th anniversary with a performance at the General Clinton Pub on Saturday, October 9. The event, which begins at 10 p.m., also will feature The Black Tie Operation, Public Noise Concern, and Dead Ellington. There is a $4 cover charge.

Despite varying academic majors, the members of Deflowered came together thanks to their involvement in Epsilon Pi Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha, the National Music Fraternity for Men. Scott Beiter '98 (Biology) and Matthew Heath '97 (History) and '98 (English and Music) had started a band soon after they met in the spring of 1995. Jorge Osorio '99 (History) joined the group in the spring of 1996 to man the drums.

"During our time at Hartwick we rehearsed weekly in the [Anderson Center] Music Circle," Osorio recalled. "The first show was at Laura's Coffeehouse. We also did shows at the Agora (now Stack Lounge), Copper Fox, Today's Lounge, and Townhouse D3, which was the last show while we were attending Hartwick."

After Hartwick, all three band members found work in education. Beiter teaches science through the Rensselaer Central School District, Osorio works in undergraduate admissions for The College of Saint Rose, and Heath teaches history at Hudson Falls Central School. Despite the rigors of their day jobs and commitments to growing families, the band has been able to continue rehearsing and performing. They had long planned to stage a reunion with Oneonta, Osorio explained.

"The thought was always to do a show in Oneonta again, though this isn't the first time we're returning," he said. "We did a show at Laura's that was rather small and personal several years back on an alumni weekend. We decided to do a 15-year anniversary show in downtown Oneonta this year. We thought it would be fun for us and for our close friends who remember the band during its inception.

"We wanted the show to not only include our friends from Hartwick that are coming back, but current students from both Hartwick and SUNY Oneonta," Osorio continued. "Since we've been playing outside of Oneonta we've come in contact with innumerable great bands. A show celebrating our history had to include some of the bands we've developed relationships with over the years. Public Noise Concern and The Black Tie Operation are awesome bands that deserve attention, and they were there for us when we first started playing out in the Albany area."

For more information, or to listen to Deflowered, visit www.myspace.com/defloweredmusic.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Christopher Lott
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