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Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Thursday, January 15, 2009 By Mike Kezdi
The Sun Star

Wikipedia defines electrostatic discharge as the sudden and momentary electric current that flows between two objects at different electrical potentials. It goes on to say that the most spectacular example of ESD is lightening.

That's one of the reasons a quartet of boys with a love for hard rock chose it as a name for their band.

It's heavy and it's powerful, like the band's sound, says lead guitarist Tim Vopat.

Based out of the Vopat basement in North Royalton, ESD is composed of rhythm guitarist Ricky Dudas of Broadview Heights, a junior at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School; drummer Adrian Vopat, Tim's twin and, like him, a juniors at Padua Franciscan High School; and bassist Patrick Vopat, a third-grader at St. Albert the Great in North Royalton.

And no, that is not a typo -- while Patrick is a third-grader, his playing ability could rival that of any teen.

Band members say they get that type of reaction a lot regarding Patrick. Most recently, it happened after applying to be part of the 13th annual Tri-C High School Rock Off, in which they are scheduled to play Friday night at the House of Blues in Cleveland.

"The guy (from Live Nation who handles the show) actually called my house and asked what the deal was with Patrick," Dudas said.

"The kids at school don't even believe it," Adrian Vopat said.

Patrick picked up the bass watching his two older brothers practice with ESD and, after some other players didn't work out, Patrick slid right into the spot.

ESD formed when the older Vopats decided to start a band in the seventh grade. Dudas, a friend from St. Albert, quickly was added to the roster, and after several attempts to try and find the right bassist, Patrick was accepted into the fold.

Drawing inspiration from their favorite hard and classic rock bands, including Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, and Aerosmith, to name a few, the band has played quite a few shows.

It has performed at fundraisers, Peabody's, St. Albert the Great, and the 2008 Broadview Heights Summer Festival. This summer, it is set to play the Taste of Hudson.

However, this is the group's first High School Rock Off.

"We've all wanted to do it," Dudas said of the competition.

All four members are in it to win, and really excited about the chance to compete. They're drawing inspiration for their Friday night set from attending the AC/DC concert Jan. 5 at Quicken Loans Arena.

"That got us really pumped to play the Rock Off," Tim Vopat said.

In the long term, all four say they want to make a career of playing in the band. To say they are dedicated to that goal is an understatement.

During the summer, they practiced together at the Vopat home five days a week. "We would love to grow it," Adrian Vopat said. "We get into an argument with the parents about it," Tim added.

ESD plans to fill its 20-minute set at House of Blues with a blend of instrumental covers and originals. The band promises a lively and hard- hitting set.

At this time, the band is solely an instrumental outfit, but is on the lookout for a like-minded lead singer.

For information on ESD or to pick up tickets from the band(the more tickets they sell, the better their slot at the Rock Off), visit esdofficialmyspace or email - Sun Star

ESD finished second in the 14th annual Tri-C High School Rock Off. This photo is from the semifinals that put them into Saturday's "Final Exam.''Finishing second was ESD, whose members are from Padua, St. Albert the Great and Brecksville-Broadview Heights. The group featured the youngest player in the Rock Off, 9-year-old bassist Patrick Vopat. He shared the stage with his two brothers, guitarist Tim and drummer Adrian, and rhythm guitarist Ricky Dudas.

Patrick was clearly a crowd favorite - you don’t see many elementary school kids in a rock competition - but his chops on the big Fender proved he wasn’t just a novelty hire. “He’s a sponge,” said his brother, Tim. “I show him something one time and he picks it right up.”
- By Chuck Yarborough, The Plain Dealer


They recently released their first EP, T&L Strikes, which has tracks that are played on WJCU 88.7 FM.

Here are some links of ESD performing at the House of Blues in Cleveland Ohio.



ESD has been together for four years. They play 80's hard rock, as well as jazz. Their influences are Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, AC/DC, etc. They are also influenced by flamenco and carribbean artists such as Steve Oliver, Marc Antoine, The Rippingtons, etc.

They have been playing out for over three years and have gained invaluable experience from their many shows.

ESD has played at large events and venues such as the House of Blues, The IX-Center, Thunder on the Strip, Quaker Steak and Lube, the Winking Lizard, and other events. ESD has also appeared on the Fox 8 Morning Show.