Alumni Band Named as One of Five “Bands to Watch” in 2013 by USA Today | June 2014

Millersville University music alumni Dominic Billet and Bill McCloskey are members of the uprising band Toy Soldiers. Billet plays the drums and the accordion; McCloskey plays the bass guitar, and they both contribute vocals.

Beginning in Philadelphia, this band also has strong roots to both the Lancaster and Millersville communities. “I do like Lancaster. It’s a great community of people in every regard—the art community, the music community, the people I work with at my job. It’s a great bunch of people,” said Billet. Toy Soldiers has a fresh, creative sound, mixing rock ‘n’ roll, folk and blues styles. Their first album, “Whisper Down the Lane,” was described as a "gritty, dirty collection of liquor-fueled Americana music, shifting flawlessly from roots, to blues, to country, to rockabilly…an undeniable barn-burner," by WXPN’s Bruce Warren. USA today not only named them one of five “Bands to Watch” in 2013, they described Toy Soldiers as, “a rowdy collection of five talented young musicians who have honed their sometimes soulful, often bluesy rock ‘n’ roll with relentless touring” (About)

“This is how we play, and whatever comes out, comes out. We’re not tying ourselves to any sort of label or trying to be the next hip thing. We’re just playing music and trying to make really, really good music,” said Billet.

 

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