Why not park it at Downs tonight for the Detour...

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July 29, 1992|By Michael R. Driscoll Anyone need a vault?

Why not park it at Downs tonight for the Detour concert?

Tonight's concert at Downs Park by theee local rock band "Detour," part of the 14th annual Starlight Summer Concert Series, is certainly nothing to steer around, for at least four very good reasons.

No. 1, it's free. No. 2, it's in one of the prettiest outdoor venues Anne Arundel County has to offer ("For us, it's kind of like a small Merriweather Post Pavilion," said drummer Lee Jordon. "It's an outside date, in a nice amphitheater. We've even done a special mailing for it"). No. 3, the band is a band composed of four really nice guys who love their music.

And finally, the band has invited the local branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to attend the concert, to help educate the public about proper animal care. Mr. Jordan praised the efforts of the Society, saying the band wanted to "give back something to the community" by supporting the SPCA's efforts.

The other members of Detour are lead singer and guitarist Mike Ditch, bassist Ed Wills and keyboardist Keith Hundertmark, all of Pasadena, and Eldersburg resident Steve Reed, another guitarist.

(Mr. Reed is willing to drive long distances from Carroll County to play with the band, so there better be someone in the audience that night.)

Detour favors an honest, unvarnished approach to their music, performing what the drummer simply calls "straight rock 'n' roll, both original and cover material."

They play classic rock from the 1960s to the the 1980s, but emphasize that they aren't a nostalgia band. They look for the best in each period, and try to adapt the sound for the 1990s.

"The thing we strive for, outside of the music, is a family atmosphere among the guys in the band. We really aren't into what some people call 'the rock 'n' roll scene.' In fact, people would probably be bored to death if they hung around with us, like the last time in Ocean City."

He explained a club knows as the Purple Moose provided them with a condo to stay at, "and we stayed up all night watching Ren and Stimpy cartoons."

The group plays a steady circuit of high schools, colleges, private parties and clubs, from Baltimore to Ocean City and even into New Jersey. They've been together officially for about four -- years, but the band's roots go back further then that.

"I started playing with Mike Ditch, the lead vocalist, when we were about seven years old," said Mr. Jordan, now 33. "And Keith, I've known since junior high school, so we've been at this for a long time now."

Towson Computer president Tobias Kaye thought leasing space in the former Maryland National Bank branch in the Horizons office building in Pasadena would improve his company's visibility.

What he didn't bank on, however, was how to dispose of the bank's 250-square-foot vault.

"We're kind of at a loss as to know what to do with it," Mr. Kaye said.

Removing the concrete and steel vault would cost a fortune, Mr. Kaye said, so the firm is trying to find a creative way to use the space. "It's a monstrosity," he said.

When the company moved into the space a few weeks ago, it resolved the dilemma of what to do with the bank's old teller stations by converting them into repair benches.

Although most businesses prefer to have their repair shops in the back and new products in the front, Mr. Kaye said he doesn't mind reversing the setup. "We're proud we're a service provider," he said.

The vault, however, is more challenging. Mr. Kaye said the company nevertheless plans to make some use of it.

There's the public relations angle. Mr. Kaye suggested a motto: "You can take Towson Computer to the bank."

Then, of course, there's the more practical use of storing valuable computer equipment or software in the vault.

"I don't see anyone coming in and stealing it," Mr. Kaye said.

Liz Atwood

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