Being in a band in high school is something that many students accomplish but most never end up playing more than a couple local venues.
That is certainly not the case for local rock 'n' roll band Clyde Frog.
Members Garrett Gaetano, Torey Harding, Chris Kohler, Tess Marshall and Dylan Rockoff have been playing together for three years.
The five met at the Uptown Music Collective while they were in high school.
In their early years, they mainly did covers of '60s and '70s rock and blues tunes but within the last couple years, they have created original material.
"We started writing our own music, more classic rock," guitarist Torey Harding said. "It's really danceable rock music."
Harding explained that when writing music, they are greatly influenced by the R&B-style rock quintet Alabama Shakes.
"At shows we want to keep people entertained and dancing for three hours," he said.
Like any other band, they started small, with only their parents and friends coming out to their shows. Over time, however, the amount of people coming to their shows has grown steadily.
"We've played venues where the owners say, 'This is the biggest crowd we've ever seen here'," he said.
With such a positive responses to their live shows, it only made sense for the band to create a record. Their first album was released last summer - titled "Bonnie and Clyde" - and was recorded and produced at Green Valley Recording in Hughesville.
"It was a whole new experience for all of us, we'd never been in a studio like that before," Harding said.
Since this was their first recording experience, Harding described it as being a "difficult task" because of all that was put into it.
"It was a lot of work and planning involved with writing and arranging songs then mixing and mastering them all," he said.
"Bonnie and Clyde" was well-received by their fans and even was able to get airtime on 99.3 WZXR.
"Our fans really dug the album," said Harding. "We sold our first print of the CD and it did well through iTunes."
After having success with their first album, they are ready to produce another one.
"We were not originally planning on making another album," said Harding. "As musicians and artists, we are never satisfied or complacent. We kept writing music and it was getting better, so we decided to make another record."
Their sophomore album will be titled "Yell Out," which also is one of the tracks written by Dylan Rockoff.
Harding describes the song as being about not letting life just go by and not stopping to make changes in one's life.
"It's so easy to go by day by day and before you know it a year, two years passes."
The album is about being true to themselves and the sound of Clyde Frog.
"We use our music to yell out to people; we thought it was appropriate," he said.
Their general goal with this album is to showcase their improved musicianship and capture their sound that people can take with them anywhere.
"Songwriting-wise, we have matured and the songs are much better," Harding said, "Our sound is full of energy and passion - we're trying to capture that on a compact disc."
This time around, the quintet will be going to Writeway Studios in Baltimore, Md., to record, mix and produce the new record.
"We are going to take it to the next level and try and make a fantastic album," he said.
By going to a more professional studio "the overall quality and product, the actual sound, will be a much more refined and polished product."
In order to pay for this new record and studio time, they are collaborating with Kickstarter to fundraise.
Kickstarter is a safe and simply way for people to help others achieve their monetary goals.
Through this program people can promote their films, games, art and music projects online in order to gain funds. Each project is allotted a specific amount of time for the money to be raised, if the goal is not met, Kickstarter takes all that was acquired.
Musicians such as The Classic Crime, Amanda Palmer and Five Iron Frenzy have all been successful in their project endeavors this past year.
Harding said, "Kickstarter allows fans to be a part of the process and be a helper in it all which is a cool experience and a great way to raise money."
The band's goal is to reach $6,000 by June 29, which will pay for the recording studio and pressing of the CDs.
When somebody donates toward the project, they will be able to get various Clyde Frog merchandise depending on how much is given. Items that one could receive are stickers, autographed CDs, T-shirts or a summer tour poster.
There is a bit of pressure to make sure that they receive all the money that was donated and does not all go to waste. To spread the word the band has been promoting themselves through their Facebook page, flyers, and word of mouth at their shows.
To help Clyde Frog reach their goal, go to www.kickstarter.com and search "Clyde Frog."
Any amount can be donated toward their project, $1 goes a long way in the Kickstarter world and will be greatly appreciated by the band's members.
Once the album is completed, they will have a CD release party on July 21 at the Crippled Bear, 2967 Lycoming Creek Road. At the release, copies of the record will be available and it will also go online on iTunes.