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Student-run recording label at Appalachian signs first bands

07_02SplitRail28_1.jpgBOONE—Split Rail Records, Appalachian State University’s student run music label, has signed its first bands.

Members of the band Philmont have signed a distribution agreement with the label, while the band Defending Brooklyn has signed a contract in which the label will record, print and distribute a CD of the band’s music.

Bryan Chisholm, president of Split Rail Records for spring semester, said it was important to support local bands.

The bands were chosen by the student members of the record label based on their submitted demos and live performances scouted by the label’s artist and repertoire teams.

Split Rail Records is based in the Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music. Students in the school’s music industry studies program oversee the record label’s recording and production, publishing, artist and repertoire, legal, publishing, marketing, and finance departments.

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Photo Caption: Officers with Split Rail Records joined members of the band Defending Brooklyn for a signing party held on campus. Seated from left are, Bryan Tarnowski (drums), Jesse Clasen (vocals and guitar) and Paul Nickens (keyboards). Back row from left are Bryan Chisholm (Split Rail Records, president), Gordon White (lead guitar), William Washam (Split Rail Records, vice president of finance), Dustin Walker (bass), Brandie Curnette (Split Rail Records, vice president of legal affairs), and Grayson Harper (Split Rail Records, vice president of publishing).