The guys in The Hindered have a dream.
They've played Lake Aid before and they'll be playing it again Saturday night, but the annual Wilde Lake High School charity benefit concert is just one step on theladder.
The Hindered will be playing out part of a dream. So will Jane Jerardi, 16, a junior at Wilde Lake whose bare feet have the usual dancer's skins and scratches. So will Jim Page, a Wilde Lake junior who is chairman and coordinator of the show this year.
Lake Aid VII, which begins at 7:30 Saturday in the Wilde Lake auditorium, will bring together 10 bands, three dancers and three singers from high schools across the county.
The father of one of The Hindered band members jokingly calls them the "No Sense Band," but they think they're beginning to see some "light at the end of the tunnel," in the words of lead guitarist Marc Rey, 16, a junior at Glenelg High School.
They got a booking at The Rage nightclub in Baltimore last week, a paying job. They made a tape and sold 200 copies at $5 apiece in two weeks inthe various schools they attend.
The five band members say their music -- hard rock, but not heavy metal -- is their own thing, more intricate now than it was when they got together several years ago.
Singer Josh Charson, 17, a senior at Atholton High School, says theywatch what other bands are doing but don't imitate. "We do what we want to do."
Wilde Lake's Student Government Association has sponsored the annual concerts each year since 1984, when student Steve Adadborrowed the idea of Live Aid, an international concert that raised money to fight famine in Ethiopia. Adad's version was to raise money for the Maryland Food Committee, an organization that provides meals for the needy.
Students schedule the auditions, publicize the concert, work the lights and sound, sell tickets and supplement the security staff provided by the county school system. Student government adviser Maryann West stands by, but doesn't believe she should be the concert director.
"This allows students to rise and fall on their own ideas, and usually they rise higher than if I'd told them what to do," she said.
Lake Aid raised approximately $2,000 for the Maryland Food Committee last year. The students hope to raise $3,000 this year on ticket sales of $5 apiece.
Page, a slight, bespectacled 16-year-old, has put together information packets for distribution through county student government, scheduled auditions and found a way around the budget cutbacks that threatened to cancel the show.
When Page and his planning committee learned that the school system had runout of money to pay overtime for custodians, the Howard County Association of Student Councils came through with a $210 grant to cover the cost.
The night of the concert, Page will be onstage, emceeing the show with John Michael MacDonald, a senior from Oakland Mills HighSchool. Page has been onstage in student productions before, playingEugene in "Brighton Beach Memoirs," Prince Dauntless in "Once Upon AMattress" and James Keller in "The MiracleWorker." His dream: to become a professional actor.
Jerardi, who has been dancing with a local company for nine years and in her school dance club for two years,is thinking hard about a career in dance.
She was in the audienceat Lake Aid as a middle school student, danced in the concert two years ago as a freshman and is back this year with a modern dance she choreographed.
"Lake Aid brings out an incredible audience and I don't usually get to perform in front of my peers," she said.
Amy Ghbremeskel, 18, an exchange student from Sweden spending a year at Mount Hebron High, has no particular interest in a career as a singer.
"I just like to perform," she said, even though she has had a chance to sing onstage only once or twice before.
Ghbremeskel said she got nervous just before it was her turn to rehearse. "I was sitting here, like freezing, and then I got up there and tried to talk and joke with the people (onstage) and it got better."
She picked up the microphone and sang "Hello, is it me you're looking for?" (from "Hello" by Lionel Richie), filling the auditorium with sweet, clear sound.And she wasn't nervous anymore.