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Employees at a camera manufacturer are focusing on a national band title

By Will Lewis, Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 10 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 12 2013 05:16:25 AM CDT

They work for one of the Valley's largest employers by day by night they're rock stars.

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -

They work for one of the Valley's largest employers by day; by night they're rock stars.

They're one of the hottest bands on the corporate scene.

That's right -- the corporate scene.

"I think we are just a group of people who like to have fun with popular music," said John Saggese, bass player.

Meet Peripheral Vision, seven employees from Olympus in Upper Saucon Township.

"Some people they are surprised that Olympus has a band but everyone has been so great and supportive and they just think it is a really cool thing to have," said Stefanie Johnson, lead vocals for the band.

The band formed seven years ago, the members may have changed, but the focus is the same : raise money for local charities in the Lehigh Valley.

"We practice once a week," added John Nienstedt, lead singer, and background vocals. "At least twice a week if we are getting ready for a show."

Now the pressure has been cranked up as they compete in the Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands, sponsored by Fortune 500 magazine.

"We submitted a demo and they said come out and play at the regional competition," said Nienstedt. "We went to Hoboken on June 1 and they picked us to play at the finals at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on September 28."

The group plays music from all genres and they're getting plenty of support from co-workers.

"A lot of friends and family have been coming out to see us play and they are really excited to see this opportunity we have," added Nienstedt.

If you want to check out Peripheral Vision they're playing Thursday night at The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley at 7pm.

Here is the rest of their schedule for September:

September 8, 9 a.m., Easton, PA – Easton Center Square to benefit Via of the Lehigh Valley for disabilities services

September 14, 10 a.m., Allentown, PA – America on Wheels Museum to benefit The Coco Foundation for pediatric cancer support

September 28, time TBD, Cleveland, OH – FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum