'Delayed Resistance' teen band headlines events
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Delayed Resistance, a rock-fusion band comprised of Army teens, will compete in the final round of OC16's "Brown Bags to Stardom," a TV show and teen-talent competition for middle and high school students. Statewide finals are April 23.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Seven teens were trying to adjust to living on post, here in Hawaii, until their parents convinced them to check out the Schofield Barracks Middle School/Teen Center one fateful day.

"I\'m not going to lie, but when my parents told me to check this place out, I was not interested," said Jasmine Kuhn-Zapata. "Now I come here every day. I practically live here."

A little more than a year-and-a-half later, Kuhn-Zapata, MacKenzie Branch, Sydney Branch, Dominic Jones, Traycie Kuhn-Zapata, James Marcotte and Sarah Venable have joined forces to make up the popular rock-fusion band, "Delayed Resistance."

Equipped with their own motto: "One voice. One chance. One life," they're on a mission to get their voices heard.

"Not a lot of people listen to teens, but through this band, they are able to express themselves," said Jerrad Serano, program assistant, Schofield Barracks Middle School/Teen Center. "Now people are listening to what they have to offer the community."

Delayed Resistance started off as a music club with only two members, Jones and Serano, sitting on a stage, fiddling with instruments. After drumming up interest, the group has evolved into a full-fledged band, booking gigs, recording a professional demo CD and now writing and performing their own original music, besides covering popular songs.

"I am so proud of how far they have come," said Ginger Phillips, director, Schofield Barracks Middle School/Teen Center. "They came from nothing. Now I can hardly remember where they are playing next, who wants them to perform where and at what event."

The proof that they are legit is in their set list of accomplishments.

Delayed Resistance took top honors as "Battle of the Bands" champions at the 2010 U.S. Army Festival of Arts competition, and the band won first place at the 2010 U.S. Army Festival of Arts and Recreation Program Events Competition for "outstanding vocal instrumental group of a youth talent performance."

Other accolades include opening for Smash Mouth at the 2010 Schofield Barracks Fourth of July Spectacular, being a featured performer at the Schofield Barracks and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Boys and Girls Club Day for Kids, and performing at military installations islandwide. The band has already been asked to perform at JBPHH's Independence Day event this year.

The group's most recent claim to fame was performing at Wet 'n' Wild Hawaii during the "Ultimate Spring Break Mega Pool Party of the Year," Friday. After its showcase, the group was notified that the band made it into the final round of OC16's "Brown Bags to Stardom," a TV show and teen-talent competition for middle and high school students. The statewide finals are April 23.

"If you join clubs and participate in things, living in Hawaii can be the best time of your life," said Sydney Branch.

Delayed Resistance's "Brown Bags to Stardom" performance is being aired at www.oc16.tv/shows/12. For air times, visit www.brownbagstostardom.com.

Catch the band in action at the Kolekole Bar and Grill, Schofield Barracks, 6 p.m., the second Friday of every month. To find out more about the group, visit www.facebook.com and search for "Delayed Resistance" or call 655-0451.

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