Meet the Band / The Players

Meet the Band

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March 18, 2004|By Sarah Schaffer

Hometown: Baltimore

Current members: Andy Schneider, drums; Dan Schneider, vocals and guitar; Jason Booze, vocals and percussion; Joe Ross, bass; Mike Gorman, saxophone; Dave Blackstone, trombone and Nick Reider, trumpet.

Founded in: 1999

Style: ska / reggae / jazz / rock

Influenced by: The Skatalites, 311, Sublime.

Notable: This seven-piece act was formed during a time when high-school band geeks in every corner of the country were playing out and cashing in on ska's most recent wave of mainstream popularity.

But when Good Charlotte and other quasi-punk boy bands sounded a noisy death knell for Jamaican-styled pop -- after American teens' love affair with ska-influenced groups such as Reel Big Fish, Save Ferris and Goldfinger was over -- the Players proved their undying devotion to the genre and kept on skanking.

Quotable: Andy Schneider on quitting vs. staying in the game: "I don't think [breaking up] once crossed our minds. The fact that the scene was folding [was not] ... going to have any effect on our decision to play. It's about playing music that we want to play and playing with people who we admire."

Check out the Players Saturday at the Funk Box. The band will open for New York ska act the Toasters. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. The Funk Box is at 10 E. Cross St. Call 410-625-2000 or visit www .thefunkbox.com or www .theplayersband.com.

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