The Phoenix Bridge band members
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Phoenix Bridge is a local band hoping to someday top the music charts. They are, left to right, Hayden Lesko, Matt Leaver, Patrick Leaver and Rachel Holly
Besides Patrick Leaver, the leader of The Phoenix Bridge, the other members of the band are Matt Leaver, 17, Hayden Lesko, 22, Rachel Holly, 18.
*Matt Leaver, Patrick's brother, plays drums for the band. He originally played as the bassist for Phoenix Bridge when it had its original lineup, but moved onto drums when the position needed to be filled. Matt has been playing drums for five years. He was inspired to start playing drums by his late uncle Dan Leaver and fell in love with the instrument. He enjoys all types of music and three of his favorite bands are Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queen and the Shins. Matt is currently a senior enrolled in PA Cyber Charter School and played as a senior starter on the Palmerton High School soccer and basketball teams. He plans to attend college after graduation.
*Hayden Lesko, childhood friend of Patrick and Matt, originally played as the rhythm guitarist but moved onto bass. The first time he played a guitar was when he took an acoustic guitar class his senior year of high school. After learning a bit of guitar, he taught himself to play bass, and has learned a lot through playing shows with The Phoenix Bridge. He enjoys all types of music from folk to thrash metal and two of his favorite bands are Tool and Megadeth. Lesko, a graduate of Palmerton Area High School, is currently studying Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University, main campus.
*Rachel Holly is the rhythm guitarist and backup bassist for the band. She found her passion in all things creative: art, music, writing, photography, etc. She joined The Phoenix Bridge in October 2012, rounding it out to an even four-piece. She found her love of music as a small child, growing up to the sounds of MTV (in the 90s) and alternative rock radio, connecting to the sound ever since she could remember. Musically, she loves acts like Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters, and nirvana. She finds her inspiration in other female musicians such as Joan Jett, Kim Deal, Kim Gordon, Kathleen Hanna and Gwen Stefani. She is a graduate of Parkland High School and is currently studying Art and Design with a minor in Media Communications and Technology at East Stroudsburg University.
The Phoenix Bridge will be playing at Jabber Jaw's in Allentown Saturday, March 9, 2 p.m. as part of a benefit show with other bands and will be performing as an opening act in April at The Legendary Dobbs in Philadelphia.