Senior’s Band Wins Big Break Contest
January 12, 2012
Senior Parker McQueeney and his five-member band, STEEP, have just won the third annual Big Break contest, a four-round, four-month battle of the bands held at the Westcott Theater.
It was quite a coup for STEEP, formed just six months ago – the winner-take-all contest carried a cash prize of $1,000 plus recording time in a local studio. The band won in last Saturday night’s final round of the competition, playing all original music, much of which Parker wrote.
Though he’s been composing seriously for about two years, he’s been a serious musician for much longer. He’s been playing keyboard for a good 10 years and studies now with Rick Montelbano. (He also plays for The Young Lions, the band composed of top area high school musicians and conducted by MPH music teacher Joe Colombo.)
Parker met STEEP’s guitar player, Chris Chiesa, through his participation in a Central New York jazz arts summer camp, and they brought in other local musicians. They started playing together this past summer and have become so good they outplayed all of the more than 40 bands that entered this year’s Big Break contest.