Onondaga County A rock’n’roll group featuring four Fayetteville-Manlius High School students and their lead singer from West Genesee High School have been nominated for a 2014 Syracuse Area Music Award. The band, Kill the Lites, is one of five nominees in the Sammys “pop” category. The awards show is set for 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the Palace Theater, in Eastwood.
When Kill the Lites performs live, the band plays anything from classic rock to modern alternative. The quintet plugs in twice on Saturday, March 1, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Orchard Vali Golf Club in LaFayette, and that night at the F-M High School dance marathon. On March 28, they’ll return to the LaFayette Rockin’ Film Festival at LaFayette High School.
Over the past two years, Kill the Lites has performed at venues such as The Redhouse, Marcellus Park and Hershey Park.
While the band’s set list runs the gamut from Jimi Hendrix to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kill the Lites always spotlight their original compositions. The Sammy nod came after the band submitted its recent extended-play compact disc, “First Class Citizen,” to the awards committee.
Recorded at Subcat Studio in Syracuse, “First Class Citizen” showcases four original songs: “Your Worst Excuse,” “Say Goodbye,” “Oh, Ronnie,” and “Over Me.”
Kill the Lites features three F-M students who’ve been playing music together since grade school. Ryan Ondocin and Katie and John Hanover started jamming seven years ago. Ondocin, 16, is the band’s lead guitarist. Now a junior at F-M, Ondocin has studied guitar with Fayetteville instructor Gordon Moore.
Keyboardist Katie Hanover, 17, is a senior this year, and her drummer brother, John, 15, is a freshman. Bassist Jack Goodfellow, an 18-year-old senior, is the old man of the group.
Julianne Cary sings lead. Now 17 and a senior at West Genesee High School in Camillus, Cary has studied voice since age 12.