City of Trees Artist Profile: The Greeting Committee

June 27, 2017
The Greeting Committee, Sacramento, City of Trees 2017

The Greeting Committee is one of five bands who will be taking the stage this year at City of Trees. You’ve probably heard their song “Hands Down,” an upbeat indie-pop song, which was our 6th most liked song of 2016! The Greeting Committee is a Kansas-based indie quartet which came together when lead vocalist and high school student Addison Sartino decided she wanted more than a solo career.  She reached out to fellow student and guitarist Brandon Yangmi, who recruited bassist Pierce Turcotte and drummer Austin Fraser from the school marching band.  The Greeting Committee was formed, and the group played their first show together at a talent show put on by their high school.  Shortly after their formation in 2014, the Greeting Committee started working on their first EP, titled “It’s Not All That Bad.” After its release, the EP caught the attention of radio personality Lazlo Geiger of 96.5 The Buzz (KRBZ Kansas City).  Geiger played the EP on air, which helped the Greeting Committee land a record deal with Harvest Records.  Since then, the band has played at big festivals such as SXSW and Lollapalooza, as well as accompanied Kitten, Saint Motel, and The Mowgli’s on tour. Since the release of “It’s Not All That Bad,” The Greeting Committee has released a single titled “Elise” and an EP titled “Meeting People Is Easy.”

“We started out as four high school kids getting together to play music for fun,” Yangmi said in an interview with the Baylor Lariat. “We wrote our first song and performed for our first live audience at the school talent show. It went really well, so we just kept going from there and played at any bar or club that would allow minors to play.”  We are currently playing “She’s A Gun” from The Greeting Committee’s latest EP. Catch them for their first live performance in Sacramento this year at City of Trees! Tickets can be purchased here.