Carnegie Mellon Press Release: February 17, 2004
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Gretchen Underwood

For immediate release:
February 17, 2004

Carnegie Mellon Students Are Finalists on PCTV Talent Competition: Make the Cut

PITTSBURGH—Coming from areas of study ranging from architecture to social and decision sciences, several Carnegie Mellon University students have collaborated together to become finalists in a Pittsburgh PCTV 21 band competition called Make the Cut.

So far, the two Carnegie Mellon groups, Sa'J7 and Nick Casey, continue to "make the cut" on the televised local talent show that includes performances from musicians, poets and comedians. Viewers can call in and vote on their favorite performance, ultimately voting on the winner.

PCTV is a nonprofit public access television in the city of Pittsburgh. Make the Cut's next live show airs tonight (Feb. 17), and viewers can tune to channel 21 to watch the finalists perform. The winner will be announced at Dowe's On 9th on March 8.

Sa'J7 consists of seven students who have a wide range of majors and leadership positions at Carnegie Mellon. Christina Acosta, a senior English major; Diana Henderson, a senior in electrical and computer engineering; Tim Lowe and Sean McGarill, fourth-year architecture majors; Michael Casey Rehm, a fifth-year architecture major; Nikhil Shetty, a senior majoring in English; and Ronald White, a senior in social and decision sciences combine to make the sounds of Sa'J7.

Sa'J7 won the Battle of the Bands at the campus Underground last year and has performed at other campus venues. "Our motto for this semester is to get famous in four months so that we can continue the band because we will have two or three members leaving," Lowe said.

Two drama majors, Nick Webber and Casey Spindler, make up the songwriting duo Nick Casey. While both are vocalists, Webber plays the piano and Spindler the guitar. Since 2000, they have been writing and recording their own music and have appeared at various venues in Pittsburgh. The duo has extensive experience writing music for Carnegie Mellon's drama school's main stage production. They have even been asked to perform onstage at Nick's Fat City by musician Joe Grushecky.

Tickets to the final event at Dowe's On 9th are available through PCTV or at Dowe's On 9th itself.

Written by: Elsie Lampl, MAPW


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