Seven states in seven days is a lot, even for seasoned musicians.
But the kids in the Morristown band Amor still are wide-eyed from last month’s “No Bully Tour.” If the tour bus returned to their driveways, chances are they would race on board.
“I liked going south and seeing the palm trees, and the responsive crowds,” said Ryan Skoletsky, who plays keyboard and guitar and has started writing songs with drummer Jaylon Jorge.
The tour was sponsored by the F.Y.E. entertainment retail chain, as part of a campaign against bullying in schools. Amor was the only band among seven acts that included dancers and solo singers. They performed at malls in Connecticut, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee (Nashville!) and Florida (near Orlando), with a Jersey stop at the Great Adventure amusement park.
Amor at Morristown Community Family Day; please click icon below for captions.
There was no time for sightseeing excursions, as Amor honed its skills before dozens of spectators at each stop.
“They became a better band. It was intense,” said David Jorge, father of twins Jaylon and Jevon, the bass player, and manager of Amor.
Not bad, considering Jevon, Jaylon and Ryan are only entering eighth grade this year at the Frelinghuysen Middle School. The band’s newest member, Arminda Flores, will be a sophomore at Morristown High School. The age difference was no big deal on the tour, she said.
“It was pretty fun,” Arminda said. “We all got along great.”
At Saturday’s Community Family Day hosted by the Morristown Neighborhood House, the group unveiled a pair of original songs, Get You Back and Crazy About You. The latter tune is featured in the video above.
You can catch Amor again on Aug. 28, near the finish line of the Gran Fondo NJ biking event at Headquarters Plaza in Morristown.
And then… Jaylon, Jevon and Ryan are keen on another run at Morristown’s Got Talent!, where they finished second in 2009 as Boys Night Out.