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Res Publica's story is short and sweet. They have been together for almost two years now and have been making socially inspired music ever since. Since forming, they have gone on a national tour and played shows with bands such as Thriving Ivory, Lights, My Favorite Highway, Dirty American, The Elms, Larry McCray, Soul Dub, The Outer Vibe, and The Hard Lessons. They recently took 1st place in the Lansing Red Cross Battle of the Bands and 2nd place in Lansing's 2009 Common Ground Music Festival Contest and are currently being featured on two TV commercials - one in Austin, TX for Music Entertainment Television and another on WHOV television in mid-Michigan. Their 2009 tour included stops in Austin, Dallas, Chicago, St. Louis, Arlington and Kansas State playing such venues as Austin's Mohawk, Dallas' Prophet Bar, Flint's Machine Shop, and Six Flags throughout the midwest and Texas. The biggest thing that sets Res Publica apart from other bands would be their care for the community and their social activity and awareness. The name, Res Publica, is Latin term meaning 'a matter of public concern. So far this year they have raised over $1200 for Genocide prevention in Sudan. Res Publica is also working with the Boston-based organization, The Uganda's Women's Efforts to Save Ophans, and locally with The American Red Cross of Mid-Michigan, St. Vincent's Home for Children and The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Another thing that sets Res Publica apart is their fresh sound and positive message. They integrate a variety of genres to create a sound that is uniquely theirs. Instrumentation Connor Ralph: lead vocals, guitar Peter Nelson: drum kit, trombone, keyboard, vocals Sean Stynes: lead guitar, violin Spencer Ralph: bass, vocals Royce Phillips: alto saxophone, flute Anthony Stanco: trumpet • CONNOR RALPH, (vocals/guitar) studies voice with Richard Fracker, area chair of vocal arts at Michigan State University, and formerly with the Metropolitan Opera. Connor also has been the lead in his high school musicals all four years of high school, most recently featured as Tevye in 'Fiddler on the Roof' and the title role in 'The Wiz'. Connor has performance experience in a wide range of genres and hopes to sing opera some day. Connor's ties to Africa, and subsequent humanitarian efforts, are rooted in the friendships and experiences he gained while on an extended baseball mission trip there in 2007. He is also lead singer and drummer in a blues band that was showcased on Beale St. as part of the International Blues Challenge in January 2010. He plays trumpet, French horn, drums, guitar and piano. • SEAN STYNES, (lead guitar) has played viola for nine years, receiving one ratings at S & E and Orchestra Festival all four years of high school. He will be minoring in performance guitar at Western Michigan University. He also plays harmonica, mandolin, ukulele, piano, drums and violin. • PETER NELSON, (drummer) is a seasoned musician having played with many of Michigan's top performers including Ritmo, La Familia, Phredley, the Scott Gwinnel Jazz Orchestra, and The Bebop Spartans to name a few. He spent two summers during high school in western Europe with the Blue Lake International Jazz Orchestra directed by Trombonist David Jensen and Miami Trumpeter James Olcott. Now a student in the jazz studies program at Michigan State, Peter also enjoys an active arranging career and has appeared as a guest clinician for different jazz and Afro-Cuban music festivals in Michigan and Ohio. He plays percussion, trombone and keyboard. • SPENCER RALPH,(bass) has played violin since second grade and was recognized as one of the finest up and coming violinists at the 2008 state solo ensemble. Spencer studies bass with Lansing Symphony Chair Ed Fedewa and voice with acclaimed tenor and MSU vocal arts faculty member Joshua Baum. He also plays upright bass, saxophone and drums. Spencer was recently showcased on Beale St. in Memphis as part of the International Blues Challenge. He is also known for wearing outrageous outfits to his gigs. • ROYCE PHILLIPS, (saxophonist and flutist) started studying privately at the age of 12 beginning his studies with Lev Deneman and moving on to study with Principal Saxophonist Don Fabian. He has won many competitions from S & E to all-state competitions. He is currently dual majoring in Jazz Studies and Saxophone Performance at Michigan State University, working with saxophone colossus Wess Anderson and pedagogical genius Diego Rivera. • ANTHONY STANCO, (trumpeter) a rising talent in today's music scene. His playing is diverse and his compositions are influenced by many different musical genres. Now with the MSU Jazz Program, Anthony spent two years performing and teaching in New York City while studying at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. He has played with the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra and Civic Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Marcus Belgrave and Rodney Whitaker. He also spent two summers on a full scholarship to attend the Stanford Jazz Residency Program where he performed in the top jazz combo and studied with jazz greats Jimmy Heath and Lee Konitz. 'The band had started. And...They sizzled. Afro-Carribean influences on a firm rock foundation. Tight rhythms. And lead vocalist Connor Ralph was channeling Jim Morrison esctatically.' ~ Austin American Stateman's social columnist Michael Barnes on Res Publica's July 8th performance at the Mohawk 'Last night was the biggest crowd on the square and Res Publica was amazing!' ~ American Red Cross PR Coordinator Allison Bono on Res Publica's July 16th performance at Lansing's Blues on the Square Res Publica is sponsored by Arizona Beverage Co.