SALEM - "The Pulse," an area band, will perform Thursday during the Teen Talent Program at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.
Band members include Salem natives Abraham Zubgelj, 18, on guitar; Chris Finley, 18, rhythm guitar and vocals; Dylan McKinney, 17, on bass; Isaac Foor, 18, on drums; and Madison Pennington, 17, of Lisbon on piano and vocals.
The band originated out of the Tri-County Church of God on South Broadway Avenue and has been together for three years, playing smaller venues such as the denomination's local youth camp. Usual performances consist of Sunday afternoons and Tuesdays for youth services.
"I'm pretty nervous, but I think we're all pretty excited to be going," McKinney said.
"We were definitely more nervous the first time, performing for an audience of 2,000 was a little nerve wracking. We're just here to have fun, it's not all about competition with us," added Finley.
The teens are headed for a second time to the talent program. Bands compete in front of audiences ranging in the thousands. Categories range from drama to music to film. The band entered at a state level and this is now the national level of competition. A few teens from other countries are also participating this year.
The weeklong festival has activities including a block party and meet-and-greet with the artists for the teens to participate in when they are not performing. Teens only have the opportunity to perform a single song or act in front of the judges. Once they finish, the next group begins set-up for their show. At the end of the week there is the Awards Festival to congratulate all of the performers, celebrate their talent, and give awards to the winners of each category.