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The Real News band specializes in any music that is fun and high energy from pop, rock, funk, country and more. All with some cool mashups thrown in to keep the pulse up!

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AMANDA STONE

Amanda is a world class vocalist who is classically trained from teachers at the Eastman School of Music and SUNY Geneseo. She ultimately obtained her BA in vocal performance.

Amanda had worked for several years with many well-known Rochester bands such as Nik Entertainment, East Coast Connection and Brass Taxi before traveling, playing her original music out West.

After returning to the Rochester area, she began delving into the local music scene performing again with Brass Taxi as well as her original band, Blonde Over Blue. She has been performing in the Rochester music scene for over 20 years. She is currently the female vocalist for Twilight, Your American Jukebox and The Real News, and fills in for many other local bands as well.

COREY BATES

Corey has spent almost his entire life making and performing music. After spending 10 years in Los Angeles playing and recording music with some well-known names in the industry, he returned to the Western NY area to form Cruelty Free, an all original alternative rock band. After Cruelty Free’s song Alternate Lifestyle was licensed for Dane Cook’s Tourgasm HBO series and the soundtrack released by Warner Bros., the band went on to play locally and abroad in the North Eastern US. The band has had singles chart on College AAA radio and has played colleges and clubs; sometimes opening for legendary rock acts.

Surviving as a songwriter-for-hire throughout the 2000’s, Corey wrote and licensed music for tv, commercials and corporate training/promos. In addition, he spent many years teaching guitar with some of the area’s best guitar players.

After starting a family, Corey has enjoyed plugging into the Rochester and Finger Lakes area cover music scene, often filling in for bands, playing weddings, events and clubs.

Most recently, Corey has played the Monsters of Rock Cruise.

JEFFREY HAND

Jeff is a multi-talented keyboardist and vocalist, and has been involved in the Rochester music scene for over 25 years. He has been a member of popular local bands like East Coast Connection, Rochester Brass & Electric and The Night Owls and fills in with many others on occasion.

Over his career, he has had the pleasure of opening for The Platters and Grand Funk Railroad. Jeff also toured the NE United States with The Fleetwood Mac Experience and Japan with Elvis Presley, Jr.

JOSH ROSE  

Stupendous on Drums

GARY CUMMINGS  

Astonishing on Bass Guitar

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