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"The Holy Cross Crusader"

After the tragic events of last week, the Holy Cross campus is beginning to return to a certain sense of normalcy. Campus events and meetings have returned to their normal schedules, and students seem to be pushing ahead with their college lives. This past Tuesday, the pub returned to its normal operations, and once again Crossroads was host to live entertainment, this week in the form of the band Cambridge.

The band is made up of Joe Cardillo ’02 on saxophone, John Miller – Bass, Scott Sibley on electric guitar, Sean Sibley on drums, and Mike (Joesph) on acoustic guitar/lead vocals. Cambridge has been together for the last six months, and its members have been focusing nearly all their energy and time on the band. Mike and John have put their college careers on hold in order to pursue their music careers full time. They have spent the past few months writing together and practicing with the band. Cambridge came on to the stage at about 10:00, opening with “#41” by Dave Matthews Band. At first, the band played to a rather limited audience. The pub had not yet filled, and the tables and chairs of Crossroads were nearly empty. However, this didn’t seem to dishearten the band, and the music that sprang forth from the stage was played with just as much skill and passion.

As the evening progressed, the crowd at the pub grew to near full capacity. They arrived in time to hear the band break into its original “[Often Thought].” The show progressed with a well-written instrumental, “Camel Jam.” The band finished at around midnight with their song “[Like Rain].”

After the show, I had the opportunity to speak with the band members. When asked about their major influences, Cardillo replied, “Well, we all have a strong jazz roots.” John, one of the main writers for the the band, explained his own personal influences were Sting and Victor Wooten. The jazz influences of the band are clearly seen in its own unique style. The saxophone melodies combined with bass rifts give the music almost a jazz feel. Mike and John’s dedication to their musical careers can be seen in their writing. With a large repertoire of orininal songs, as well as some excellent covers, Cambridge is a band that delievers a show of relaxing, jazz oriented rock.

Cambridge is currently working on their first CD in the newly built studio at the home of Scott Sibley, their lead guitarist, and it should be finished within the coming months. When asked why the band got together and why two members have decided to pursue nothing but their current musical career, Mike (Joseph) explained, “This is the most fun thing I’ve ever done. Nothing else even compares to it.” His passion for music can be seen not only in his words, but also in the feeling that the band as a whole puts forth when it plays, on their faces and in the movements of all its members on stage.

Cambridge will be playing again on October 13 at London Billiards, and Joe is currently organizing the first annual “Sutton Fest,” a music festival to be held on a field near Cardillo’s house. The band will be joined by Holy Cross campus bands Flip 55, Goodfind, and Mike Fiore & Ted Gallagher/ For all those interested in going to Sutton Fest, there will be more information coming forth soon.
- Mario Cacciola


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5 Song EP-Available at Shows

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Bio

Cambridge began its journey during the fall of 1999 when bassist/lyricist John Miller and singer/lyricist/acoustic guitarist Mike Joseph discovered each other at Keene State College in New Hampshire. The two formed an immediate friendship and played acoustically at local venues. In the summer of 2000, they decided to expand their musical experience by adding drummer Sean Sibley.


The band evolved further when the dynamic playing of electric guitarist Scott Sibley was added to the band’s sound during the winter of 2000. The band, now complete, played shows at the Mill Hill Club in West Yarmouth, as well as Tammany Hall in Worcester. They also played multiple shows at Crossroads at Holy Cross and hope to continue touring the Northeast.

Cambridge continues to evolve by writing new tunes and expanding upon an existing repertoire while treating audiences to exciting jams, tight playing, and an entertaining stage presence. The band’s sound can be defined as powerful acoustic rock with an electric feeling combined with tasteful drumming and thick harmonies.