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Students’ Band Recognized for Performance

Composed of Belmont students, the Luke Preston Band won the Road to Country Stampede band competition in June that put them on the main stage with with J.T. Hodges, Jerrod Niemann, Brantley Gilbert and Toby Keith. The Kansas concert was part of one of the biggest country music festivals in the country.

Band members are guitarist and lead vocalist Luke Preston, lead guitarist Luke Enyeart, bassist Jared Chapman and drummer Jeremy Gold, studying music business and entrepreneurship.

Some 19 bands entered the competition through digital submissions on Sonicbids.com, and The BIG 94.5 Country Radio selected nine to compete in online listener voting. The top two  acts traveled to Manhattan, Kan. for a battle of the bands, and the Luke Preston Band earned a spot on the main stage at Country Stampede Festival 2012,

The band has receive much media attention this summer and was feature on the front page of  Kansas newspaper Manhattan with the Zac Brown Band. Preston, who is studying music business, also was featured on Tampa’s WQYK radio station, Academy of Country Music’s 2012 Radio Station of the Year.

The band released its debut extended play “When You’re Lost” on April 28, and it can be streaming for free here.

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