A member of Grace Church, Lititz, Pa. (Tim Boal, interim lead pastor), and his fellow band members had the opportunity to debut in front of family and friends at the recent Fire & Ice festival in Lititz. Nate Yager and his friends, Justin Buckwalter and Joshua Buckwalter, form Scout, who performed together for the first time at the festival. A story in the Lititz Record Express shares the story, a portion of which appears below. Click here to read the complete article.
Warwick student Justin Buckwalter of the Scouts played at Fire & Ice with guitars crafted of wood from a relative’s Orchard Road property.
The Fire & Ice festival on Friday night was the first big performance for a young band from Lititz.
And what a debut it was for the three teen band members from Lititz.
When the Scouts showed up for their show on West Main Street, near Lititz Square, they were amazed at the stage, lights and sound that had been set up for them by Stray Lighting.
For lead guitarist and vocalist Nate Yager, 17, his first reaction was, “Is this all for us?”
The band’s bassist Justin Buckwalter, 18, and his brother Joshua Buckwalter, 16, drummer, had the same response. For a band that had only been together for six months, with their last community performance on the patio at Dosie Dough, it was an amazing night.
They felt like rock stars — or maybe alternative rock stars — with an audience of fans gathered on the street and cheering them on. One man in the audience asked, “Are these guys professionals?” Others came up to them after their show to tell them how much they liked their music.
“It was pretty cool,” says Yager, who is a junior at Lititz Christian School.
He hopes to continue in music, possibly majoring in music at college. This summer he is set to go to Berklee College of Music in Boston to study guitar for a summer youth program.
Yager and his friends named their band the Scouts, because they met each other years ago when they were Cub Scouts in the same troop. They remained friends over the years and kept in touch, even though they went to different school. Justin and Joshua Buckwalter are students at Warwick High School.
All three teens performed at their respective churches, the Buckwalters at LCBC in Manheim, and Yager at Grace Brethren Church in Lititz. They didn’t get together as a band until September when a band was needed for Second Friday in September.
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