In Fall 2011, Stevens Multimedia (SMM) – a student-run company made up of Music & Technology majors and other students – undertook an initiative called Project Eleven to create an album of patriotic songs by college-age bands and musicians to vocalize their gratitude for soldiers and support veteran’s charities.
On Saturday May 26, one Stevens-connected band associated with Project Eleven will have the opportunity to spread its message of thanks wide and far when it performs on the USS WASP (LHD-1), a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier that will be docked at Pier 90 in Manhattan for Fleet Week New York 2012.
The band, SpeckTrum, consists of senior Nick Catania ’12 (lead vocals, keys), senior Cliff Hults ’12 (lead base, vocals), alumnus Ben Clifford ‘11 (lead vocals, lead guitar), and Brady Cudmore (lead vocals, drums). Catania, Hults and Clifford met at Stevens and formed the “pop/classic/drama rock” group in 2011 along with Clifford’s friend Cudmore. They say their fans describe their sound as “Bob Seeger meets Prince, David Bowie meets STYX, Green Day meets Jason Mraz.”
SpeckTrum has individually and collectively performed all over the U.S., and the band also wrote the first song for ProjectEleven.org. Its Fleet Week performance – which will feature a set of original songs performed alongside other bands in the noon and 4 p.m. time slot – will also be broadcast live on “The David Webb Show” on the Sirius XM radio channel, “Patriot.”
“This is our way of saying thank you to young soldiers and veterans through music,” said Catania. “We’re so happy this opportunity came out of our participation in Project Eleven.”
It’s a big week for Catania and Hults, who will both graduate on Thursday May 24, at Stevens’ 140th Commencement. Catania, a double degree in Music & Technology and Engineering Physics, served as president of the Student Government Association. Hults will earn a B.E. in Computer Engineering.