Local Ithaca youth band releases album dedicated to deceased former member


ITHACA, NY — The Tide is Ithaca-based indie rock band Second Spring’s debut album. Released on March 20, 2022, the album is dedicated to a former band member who suffered an untimely tragedy that left an indelible mark on the band’s music.

Alexander Travis died on August 19, 2020 following a hiking accident. He had been a student at Lehman Alternative Community School, a passionate guitarist and musician, and the one who had brought Second Spring together originally. In March, the Ithaca City School District approved the creation of the Aleksander Travis/LACS Music Department Fund, which will be used to buy equipment and supplies for the LACS Music Department, “in the spirit of Aleksander’s love of music.”

The band currently consists of members Isabella Gold, Erin Wagner, Isaiah Berger, Carys Banford and Aron Kaplan-Hall. They had originally been two separate friend groups united by a music class that either no one else had signed up for, or they had signed up but dropped the class, leaving the six students together alone.

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