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“Kicked off the Bus” hits the Gloucester music scene

Andrea Liacos
Kicked off the bus members Henry Goulart, David Berg, Brandon Blatchford, Sam Pallazolla, and Elliana Parsons

Whether it’s Taylor Swift or Rihanna, every musical artist begins their career on a smaller scale. For the band “Kicked Off The Bus”, composed of Gloucester middle and high school students, their journey to fame starts in local restaurants such as Minglewood Harborside and Decklyn’s. 

Originally formed in the fall of last year, the band has five current members: Brandon Blatchford (vocals), Sam Pallazolla (guitar), Elliana Parsons (keys), David Berg (bass), and Henry Goulart (drums). However, it was the lead singer, Blatchford, and the guitarist, Pallazolla, who first began playing together, with the rest of the band joining later. The group became official with the naming of their band, whose title was created by Blatchford’s father who also doubles as the band’s manager. 

Along with their frequent local restaurant gigs, “Kicked Off The Bus” has been part of the Harbor Loop concerts and went on to be featured in the Boston 25 News’ Zip Trip. One of the major factors which has gained the band a following is the variety of songs on their setlist, ranging from Mötley Crüe to Bruno Mars to Taylor Swift.

Although the band has yet to release any original songs, their hope is to one day “make music and put out some records,” Berg said. 

The dedication of each member has also lent a hand in their success as they set aside one day each week to practice together. On and off the stage, the group’s camaraderie remains constant. “Our ages vary but we all get along really well and we have great friendships with one another,” Parsons said. 

Guitarist Sam Pallazolla has been playing guitar since he was 10 years old, and has some advice for younger musicians. 

“It’s hard to convince people to overcome shyness, but once you finally get up there and do it is a lot of fun,” Pallazola said. “It’s a lot of fun  playing in front of people. It’s great to see the reactions.”    

If you’re ever in search of exciting local events to attend, don’t miss the chance to see “Kicked Off The Bus” play live in one of their upcoming shows. Their next performance will be in the Christmas Parade, taking place on November 26. For more information, check out the band’s website:

Kicked Off The Bus
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Santana Faria is a sophomore at GHS and a first year writer for the Gillnetter. She’s an honors student as well as an active member of the Student Council where she enjoys fundraising for her class. In her free time, Santana loves to read fantasy books, listen to music and nap. When she isn’t busy sleeping, you can contact her at [email protected]

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    Catherine JohnsonNov 17, 2023 at 10:11 am

    Super article! These young musicians are making awesome music!

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    dana blatchfordNov 16, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    Great write up. Thank u

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    Mr. FuscoNov 15, 2023 at 8:51 am

    Nice article Santana!! A great group of kids and awesome musicians.