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Stories Untold performs at club March 2

Aviano Air Base, Italy -- Aviano members can rock out to a new base band performing at 7 p.m. March 2 at the La Bella Vista Club. 

Consisting of four Aviano Airmen who all met here, Stories Untold has been playing around base since 2006. They got their big start when they played the 31st Security Forces Squadron holiday party. 

"It went really well, we did a cover of 'Sexual Healing' by Marvin Gaye, three of our own songs and some acoustic performances," said Airman 1st Class Jeremy Smith, 31st Communications Squadron network infrastructure technician. "They liked us there and the club liked us too, so they gave us a contract." 

The band members met through a mutual friend who knew Airman Smith was into playing music and singing. The friend had heard the group was looking to form a band, so he introduced Airman Smith to the other members. 

"I went to see the other guys who were playing in their [dorm] room, and then came to one of their practices," Airman Smith said, who describes the band's sound as a cross between rock and alternative. "We kind of have a Dashboard Confessionals, James Blunt or Ben Harper kind of sound." 

In addition to providing lead vocals, Airman Smith also plays the harmonica, guitar and the mandolin; although he admits it isn't exactly a hip instrument to play. 

"I've been playing and singing since I was 16, when I began playing the mandolin in a bluegrass band," he said. "It wasn't really cool with my friends so I started playing guitar." 

The band performs a mix of covers and their own music written by each of the members. Airman Smith said that writing their own music is an important part of the band and helps to personalize their music. 

"The music today has gotten away from saying something," he said. "The radio is more about something that's going to get your foot tapping rather than someone who's actually got something to say, so I think we have good material and we're really trying to get people to think about what we're singing, rather than just bobbing your head."