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Poughkeepsie Band Builds Loyal Following In Dutchess

One For The Braves
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- One For The Braves is becoming a fixture in the Dutchess music scene.

The Poughkeepsie-based band features Adam Rebillard on vocals, Avery Avello and Brian Morgan on lead and rhythm guitar, Nick Ferraioli on bass guitar and Sean Mercado on the drums.

Avello and Rebillard met at Dutchess Community College and began jamming in the garage at Rebillard's home in Amenia.

"We had an immediate musical connection and we have been playing music ever since," Rebillard.

The band regularly performs at The Loft and My Place Pizza in Poughkeepsie and has performed at the Spring For Sound Music Festival in Millerton. They have also played in Albany, Troy, Kingston and throughout New England. Later this spring, One For The Braves will embark on a small tour.

"Performing live is an amazing experience," Rebillard said. "I love going out on stage with my best friends and playing songs that we have worked super hard on and mean the world to us. Seeing people enjoying them in any way, whether it be singing along, dancing along or crowd surfing means the world to us. It reminds us of why we do what we do."

In 2015, the band released an EP, "The Places No One Goes," and is working on another EP to be released this summer. Rebillard said writing songs sometimes can just happen, especially when someone has a good riff.

"One of the songs we are recording now was written in 20 minutes and is arguably our most catchy/ambitious song on the album," Rebillard said. "We more or less take a random idea and build out from there."

Rebillard said balancing a band with outside obligations can get tough, as all five members have full-time jobs.

Our busy lives have made it a harder to meet regularly for practice, but we always find a way to make studio time and shows work," Rebillard, a realtor in Millerton, said. "We do try to meet every Monday night at our practice space next to Marist College in Poughkeepsie. We are all fortunate enough to share the same goals and have the same love and passion for what we do, so even with all of our other obligations we always find a way to keep it going."

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