COLONIE: Buzz grows around local band

It began six months ago as a jam date among three local musicians.

Now, Stuck on Stupid, a band consisting of area teenagers, has four original songs, and has landed larger and larger gigs in addition to appearing on national television.

As their following grows, band members Adam Albright, Dominic Brino, both 14, and Garrett Damore, 13, are still getting used to the hype, rigorous practice schedule and public relations, all the while maintaining good grades at their respective schools. The latter is a requirement of their parents.

"It's exciting and nerve-wracking when you've figured out you are playing in front of 800,000 people," said Damore, an eighth grader at Lisha Kill Middle School in Colonie. "We are pretty much taking it one step at a time."

Damore, the band's drummer, comes home every day to something new, he said. His father has landed them new shows, and there is the matter of potentially performing on CBS' "Early Show."

On Dec. 4, an online panel chose Stuck on Stupid over a slew of performers who were featured in the "Living Room Live, Kids Edition." Performers competed for an oppor-tunity to perform live in New York on CBS. The band's video of an original song, "Used," took in 39 percent of the votes.

And, all this has happened over the course of six months.

Bass player Adam Albright and guitarist Dominic Brino, both of Scotia, started the band a year ago, but the original drummer quit.

"Al (Brino) is a mailman. He came into my work and said he saw a picture of my son playing drums. He said, 'My son (Dominic Brino) plays guitar, maybe they could get together and jam,'" said Garrett Damore's dad, Tony.

A date was set one Saturday, and the three hit it off. They have met nearly every Saturday since to practice for three to four hours.

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