When senior marketing major Dan Reder was invited to join indie rock band Close to Home, the moment was bittersweet. The original bass player, Brad Andress, died from cancer at age 20, so the remaining members asked Reder to step in. Since then, the Cincinnati native has had to balance both schoolwork and musical aspirations. “In October, we did a two-week tour of Hard Rock Cafés as part of their ‘Rocktober’ event to raise money for cancer research, which is especially important to us because of Brad,” Reder says.
The band usually books gigs around Reder’s class schedule with weekend trips around the region and longer tours over academic breaks. And when the opportunity arose to attend this year’s Grammy Awards as the spokespeople for the Sexy Hair product line, Reder had to decline. He had class. This summer, the band is touring Canada and, later, Europe. The band, which was named one of the top 10 unsigned bands by Alternative Press Magazine, also has sponsorships from companies such as Red Bull and Taylor Guitars.