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Three Waynesfield-Goshen High School students, along with the help of some graduates, have turned a family’s musical background into a band.
A year later they can claim they are even No. 1, according to one poll’s ranking.
Last winter, Joliffe Huber, 17, a junior at Waynesfield-Goshen High School, was jamming with his brother-in-law, Devin Shobe, 24, in the top of the barn at Huber’s home.
Within 45 minutes, the pair had written its first song, “I’m Keeping Me.” Immediately they decided it was time to form a band.
Soon after, Amanda Shobe, 23, Jozee Huber, 15, and Logan Keiser, 16, were on board and the quintet became known as Two Dragons.
The group is truly a family affair. Amanda, Jozee and Joliffe are siblings, while Devin is Amanda’s husband. Logan is Joliffe’s best friend in high school.
All five have exhibited interested in music prior to the band’s formation.
The three members still in high school participate in choir or band as part of their high school curriculum. The two graduated members were music participants as well.
With Two Dragons, however, they have chosen hard rock as their musical outlet. That combined love of music has helped them reach No. 1 in the Lima area on ReverbNation.com in the rock genre, and No. 5 overall.
“Our musical background helped us get a feel for the music,” Joliffe said.
One of the most impressive facts about the band is they refrain from doing cover songs. They write all of their own music, and only play original tunes.
Joliffe and Devin write all of the music. Amanda writes the lyrics . Devin and Joliffe play guitar, Jozee plays the bass, Logan is the drummer and Amanda sings.
“A few months after we started Logan came over while we were playing,” Joliffe said. “He became our drummer.”
Joliffe said the band has molded together perfectly, and the fit has been natural.
“Me and Devin will write music completely separately and it seems like we are always on the same page,” Joliffe said. “We put it together and it fits together perfectly for a song. Amanda will sit down and write lyrics to go right along with it. Everything comes out just the way we want it. We are doing great.”
Over the last several months, the group has begun playing live acoustic performances at Canterbury Coffee in Bellefontaine, and has slowly developed a strong following.
Joliffe said the crowd is often older.
“We play acoustic so it is not too loud,” Joliffe said. “They sit and enjoy their coffee and enjoy listening to us. We have gotten great feedback from them.”
However, they continue working to perfect their sound and have every intention to soon begin playing for younger crowds, too.
“We are ready to plug into the amps for the younger crowd,” Joliffe said.
As any musicians, the band always hopes to some day make the big time, but that isn’t the most important thing at the top of their list.
“We want to be paid to play,” Joliffe said, “but mainly it is just about having fun. We just want to keep enjoying ourselves and making music.”