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Members: Joe Martin Jr, Rich Appenzeller, Mathew Sebel, Charles Satterley

Vote for us because: Winning the Newsday Battle of the Bands contest for Afterburn isn’t really a matter of should, but a matter of want. There is so much musical talent on Long Island that it would be a tremendous honor for Afterburn--and our family, friends and fans—for us to receive such a distinction. Afterburn was founded in the months after Sept. 11, 2001, where Joe and Rich, both FDNY firefighters, were working. The tragic loss of life and brother firefighters inspired the birth of Afterburn. Witnessing how unpredictable and brief life can be, the band always keeps in mind the 343 firefighters that perished that day and those still suffering from illnesses developed after working at Ground Zero. We push onward and, hopefully, upward. Thanks to Newsday for the opportunity to share our music, and best of luck to all bands as we are honored to partake in this contest with such talented people. All the Best!


Project manager: Kaydi Pelletier; Design: James Stewart; Production: Joann Vaglica, Erica Brosnan, Kate Nalepinski; Development: Jon Ingoglia, TC McCarthy

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