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8/6/2013 9:38:00 AM
Shooting Park jams at its launch party (video)

The Shooting Park band hosts its launch party for their first album on August 1.
Shooting Park Band members (from left) Mike Znaniecki, Zack Buckley and Ethan Smith on bass perform at the Paramount Club in La Salle. The group is celebrating its one-year anniversary this week.NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson
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Shooting Park Band members (from left) Mike Znaniecki, Zack Buckley and Ethan Smith on bass perform at the Paramount Club in La Salle. The group is celebrating its one-year anniversary this week.

NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson
Alicia LeGrand-Riniker
NewsTribune Reporter

Local band tries to realize their music dreams by releasing their first album after eight months of hard work and planning.
Last week, at the Paramount Club in La Salle was an emotional time for the five members of Shooting Park band as they celebrated the very first release of an EP or extended play record entitled “You Are Missing From Me.” Their songs have a mixture of different styles including and Indie and New Wave.
Band members include Zach Buckley of La Salle who plays guitar and sings, Mike Znaniecki of Peru who plays guitar and sings back-up vocals, Cazden Lash of Peru who plays drums, Shelby Wroczynski of Magnolia who plays keyboard and sings background vocals and Ethan Smith of Malden who plays bass.
This week is the one year anniversary of the band being together even though Shooting Park was started a couple years ago. Buckley said he, Znaniecki and Lash started the band together with a different bass player. Over the years, they added Wroczynski as a key player and switched out bass players until they found Smith.
Besides singing, Buckley also writes the songs.
“(The songs) just stem from previous life experiences,” he said.
Buckley said he cannot write about experiences outside of himself, but would like to grow into a song writer who can. He says all the songs the band performs assemble past experiences in his life and the other band members help by bringing their emotions into the mix.
The band members were excited about the release of the album, but also appreciated the hard work they had to put into it.
“Everything was hard,” Buckley said.
“We had some easy points,” said Smith.
Smith said they knew how to get it printed and mastered because they knew people. The person who mastered their album mixed it from his van.
“We kind of work at a breakneck pace. We just kinda want to keep going until we get things done,” Buckley said.
The band knew it would be hard to find someone who would record them, work at their pace and be affordable. Buckley said they decided to purchase recording equipment, teach themselves how to use it and hope for the best.
“Here we are eight months later with the actual finished product,” said Buckley.
“It feels so good,” Znaniecki said.
“I literally framed mine and put it on my wall,” said Smith
Buckley said they put a lot of marketing efforts by having a launch party at Paramount and took out a radio ad. He said the next step is to get it to online distribution companies, including iTunes, SoundCloud, CD Baby and Spotify. Then he said they will send it to blogers to see if they could get the word out, if they like the music.
Cazden said that though they just released their first album they already are thinking about the next one. The band also is hoping to get a tour together by next year.
“We put a lot of thought into it and we are going to start early that way we don’t have anything fall through,” Lash said. “I feel our music has grown so much and generated so much hype right now that we will be able to take it places that people enjoy it.”
“It just capitalizing on the buzz,” Buckley said.
For more information about the band, visit its Facebook or bandcamp page. Buckley said the band also plays a lot at Second Story in Princeton and Peru Library.

Alicia LeGrand-Riniker can be reached at (815) 220-6931 or

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