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May 14, 2004

Ithaca Journal

Ithaca long has been known for its grassroots music scene; indeed, many local bands have made themselves known on a national basis. But when it comes to creating a buzz among locals - at least a certain segment of them-one band stands out from the rest: Sons of Pitches. Formed about six years ago at Ithaca College, the a capella quintet made its mark early on by packing the historic State Theatre for a pair of shows - a feat unmatched in recent memory by other local bands, or even by many national ones. Sons of Pitches have done particularly well in attracting the attention of teenage and younger fans, especially girls, but the band members' vocal talents, business savvy and willingness to work hard have enabled them to work full-time in a variety of musical venues around the northeast.

Sons of Pitches, or SOP as they are also known, have released three albums in their career. While the band originally focused on vocal arrangements of popular and alt-rock songs, the latest CD, "What You Have It," finds the group stretching in new musical directions, with more original songs and added instrumentation.

Original members Ryan James, James Wheal and Ross Mizrahi are still with the band, along with Tommy Morris, who joined up in 2002, and Eric Toyama, the most recent addition. Friday night, the band returns to the State Theatre for what looks to be another big show. Earlier this week, Ticket interviewed Morris and Mizrahi about the upcoming show, the band's origins and evolution, and the quintet's future plans. More

Posted by acapnews at May 14, 2004 7:55 AM


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