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The Nathan Ward Band / Press

“It was seemingly just another summer night when Nathan Ward ’15 arrived in Albany to be part of the crowd as Paul McCartney kicked off his “Out There” tour. A longtime Beatles fan, Ward is the frontman of the Nathan Ward Band, a group that has covered The Beatles’ legendary songs as part of their two CDs and their New England tour this summer. As he was heading toward the arena, Ward and his group of concertgoers, which included English lecturer – and fellow Beatles fanatic – Wes Davis, walked by a piano set up for fans to play. On a dare, he decided to play a few numbers. Before long, he was approached by McCartney’s producer to perform “Let it Be,” and his rendition was featured on McCartney’s website. “There were a couple thousand people looking on,” he said. “It was really cool to think that Paul’s producer thought that highly of me that he wanted to put me on the website.””

“When people hear the Nathan Ward perform Sunday evening at Wolfe Park, they will hear the music that set the stage for today’s rock and rap stars. The band specializes in popular songs — or what they call “old-school rock” —from the 1950s to 70s, such as those by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Steve Miller. “We play the music that started everything, influencing Eminem to Justin Bieber,” said Nathan Ward, a piano player who also plays some rhythm guitar. The four-member band features members with a diverse age range. Ward is 22, while the other members are considerably older. In addition, audience members will hear different voices because all four members sing the lead to different songs.”