PLATTSBURGH — Vocals were in the spotlight on Thursday night as music lovers celebrated the release of student a cappella band Fermata Nowhere’s second album.
The Stafford Middle School band, founded in 2016 by music teacher Cody Hampton, held an album release party Thursday night at the Stafford Middle School auditorium for their new album titled “Resilience.”
With the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years, the band has been unable to fundraise, perform and train as they usually do.
This time away from the stage inspired the students and Hampton to start working on a new album. Hampton picked each song featured, created the arrangements for each, and recorded the album himself with help from Ryan Hayden.
Three of the songs from the album – “Shine”; “Resilience”, which relates to the pandemic; and “Lollipop in my Heart” – are originals written and performed by the band.
For Hampton, the a capella group is more than just the clever pun of its name.
Prior to COVID-19, the band had taken second place in the International High School A Cappella Championship, as a middle school band.
Looking ahead, Hampton sees preparation for future competitions.
“Singing is one of my favorite activities. It was my passion as a kid, so I’m really proud of how far my students have come,” Hampton said.
HARD WORK AND DEDICATION
Braydon Caraballo, a student at Stafford Middle School and a member of Fermata Nowhere, said the band “worked really hard on this album and I’m so happy to be a part of it. Mr. Hampton’s hard work and dedication kept us all motivated.
Several local a cappella groups also performed on Thursday evening to show their support for young musicians. Center Stage Dance Studio, Cumberland Bay Barbershoppers, the a cappella group from Northeastern Clinton Central School High School CAVE and the Champlain Valley Sweet Adelines were on the ticket.
‘WORKED SO HARD’
There was also a surprise performance with former members of Fermata Nowhere performing three songs. After the show was over, members of Fermata Nowhere lined the halls for photos and album signings.
Stafford Middle School Principal Jamie LaBarge congratulated the students on their accomplishments.
“Students have worked so hard, for so long, to go from masks and social distancing, to releasing an album and performing it,” LaBarge said.
“They did a wonderful job with the help of their talented music teacher, Mr. Hampton.”