WOODBRIDGE– On May 20, Dan Sullivan, a St. Joseph High School alum and drummer for up-and-coming New Jersey progressive rock band Audio Insight, will visit the school along with bandmates Anthony Celi and Michael Deverin, to speak to students enrolled in the school’s music classes and share their story of where hard work and dedication can take you.
In addition to speaking to the classes, Audio Insight will also be holding a meet-and-greet for the rest of the St. Joseph High School community during the break between second and third periods. This event will only be open to students and administrators of the school.
“It’s always great to hear from alumni who want to give back to the school and pass along words of encouragement,” says John Anderson ‘70, the school’s principal. “At St. Joseph High School, we pride ourselves on making excellence a habit, not a goal. What Dan and his band have accomplished in such a short time is a great example of striving for something more.”
Hailing from Woodbridge, Audio Insight is a three-piece progressive rock band that has released an acclaimed debut album, and performed during the 2011 Bamboozle Music Festival at the Meadowlands, all in five months. In addition, all three members of the band just completed their freshman year of college; Celi and Deverin attend Montclair State University, while Sullivan is a student at Ramapo College.
“Music has always been a big part of my life,” Sullivan says. “In high school, after class and other daily responsibilities I would always find some time to jam with my group of friends in the band room over in Woodburn Hall at St. Joe’s.”
Since releasing their debut album Dimensions in November 2010, which is currently available on iTunes, Audio Insight has received air time on college radio stations such as 89.5 FM WSOU, as well as being featured by 95.9 FM WRAT’s ‘Jersey Rocks’ program here in New Jersey and 99.3 FM KVYN’s ‘The Bob Show’ in California.
“ Dan always proved himself as a promising musician, ” says Salvatore Ascolese, the school’s music director. “The results he and his band have achieved from the hours spent learning and performing this art are something that I hope leaves an inspiring impression on the students here at St. Joe’s.”
In addition, Audio Insight was named by The Aquarian, New Jersey’s oldest alt-weekly, as one of the Top Unsigned Acts on 2011 and was recognized as one of the state’s regional winners of the 2011 BREAK Contest in April. Their debut album has also been reviewed by several outlets including The Aquarian, JerseyBeat.com and Websong.com.
“I am really proud of the album we created,” Sullivan says. “When we get on stage and play our set, we really hope to energize the crowd with our sound and let them connect with the lyrics. I’m passionate about music overall, and really hope that sharing our story will be beneficial to students at St. Joe’s that have an interest in music too.”
Together since 2008, this trio of self-taught musicians credits the likes of Coheed and Cambria, The Deftones, The Fall of Troy, The Mars Volta, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Rush and Tool as influences of their sound.
This won’t be the first visit to the school’s Metuchen campus for Sullivan and the rest of Audio Insight. The band previously performed at the second annual St. Joe’s Rock Show in front of an enthusiastic crowd in 2010.
“In my senior year we began planning the event,” Sullivan says. “After several student bands played, Audio Insight got to take the stage and ended up playing a great set. It will always be the best memory from my St. Joe’s days.”
The band’s next big performance comes on June 12 at the iconic Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, as Sullivan and Audio Insight will be competing for a chance to perform at this year’s Vans Warped Tour.
For more information on the band, log on to Audio Insight’s Facebook page.
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