Bands Emerge from Local Music Store Connection

Perkiomen Valley senior Noah Brechbill’s band, Poor Man’s Opera, takes on a mix of rock, alternative, and metal to present their own authentic sound. The band, made up of Brechbill on lead guitar, Kyle Campo on rhythm guitar and vocals, Chase Gleason on bass guitar, and Gabe Thompson on drums, first came together through George’s Music in Spring City.

“We all seemed to click from our music tastes and talent,” Brechbill said.

Inspired by rock music from the 90’s and 00’s, the band has written a few original songs and hope to record and release what they’ve made for a future EP or album. As a band, so far they have played at venues such as Victory Park, Main Street in Spring City, and Spring-Ford High School’s football stadium.

While Noah loves to work together with the rest of the band to create new ideas and perform, the importance of music goes beyond just being a fun hobby.

“Making music is such a big part of identifying who I am… It’s a universal language that has allowed me to make connections with new people, even outside of my band and direct music groups,” Brechbill said.

Trash Monkey: Gade Krolikowski, Suzan Hiergesell, Billy Peletsky, Evan Avelar, and Dennis Clossin (from left to right)
Photo: Billy Peletsk

Billy Peletsky, a senior at PV, expresses his passion for music both through his independent works and his band, Trash Monkey.  

Within the band, Peletsky is on bass guitar and vocals, Dennis Clossin on guitar, Evan Avelar on the bass guitar and keyboard, Gabe Krolikowski on the drums, and Suzanna Hiergesell on the bass guitar and keyboard. While they are still defining their sound, Peletsky describes them as fitting into the alternative rock genre.  

“We got together through the Music Depot, although me and Dennis had already been making music together prior to joining the program,” Peletsky said.

Through the Music Depot, they play one live show per season, and will be playing their next show in the spring, where they hope to feature some covers as well as original music.

Between making music with others and exploring his interests on his own, music makes up a big part of Peletsky’s life.

“To me, music is a limitless source of self expression, thought provocation, and potential,” Peletsky said.