By Crystal Harrell
Campus Life Editor
Associate professor of music, Dr. Anthony Fesmire, is known by his students as an engaging instructor in the musical arts, but what some might not know is that Fesmire is also an accomplished guitarist and composer who plays in a band called Outside Pedestrian. Fesmire formed the band with bassist David Lockeretz in the early 1990s at Berklee College of Music.
According to Fesmire, when reuniting in Los Angeles in 1999 after their college years, he and Lockeretz were inspired by the tight security found in the California Rehabilitation Center where they were producing an album with some inmates of the facility. Passage through the prison involved two heavily-armed gates, “the inside pedestrian and outside pedestrian gates.” The duo had found their namesake and also used “Outside Pedestrian” to describe a musical style that is eclectic and not like typical radio tunes of today.
A third band member, David Oromaner, joined Outside Pedestrian after 2012, when Fesmire returned to Southern California to teach at College of the Desert. It was decided that the trio would produce a new album under their independent label Eclectichord Records. As independent artists, the members of Outside Pedestrian own all the rights to their material, and their recordings are available through iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.
“As a guitarist and composer, it is inspiring to be performing with musicians like David Lockeretz and David Oromaner. They are knowledgeable, experienced, and creative performers, and their unique musical voices shine throughout the album Reclaimed,” stated Fesmire.
Outside Pedestrian’s new album, Reclaimed, was released on Nov. 7 of this year and coincided with a CD release concert at College of the Desert’s Pollock Theatre, with Fesmire on guitar, Lockeretz on bass, and Oromaner on drums. The album’s musical sound is influenced by reggae, funk, and surf, along with the band’s signature jazz/rock sound.
“All of the members of the band have played on numerous albums and recording sessions, so it is not a new experience. Reclaimed is the culmination of two years of composing, performing, rehearsing, recording, and discovering the collective voice of the ensemble. We are all proud of the finished product!” said Fesmire.
Outside Pedestrian performs throughout Southern California, doing concerts and participating in educational clinics. To learn more about Outside Pedestrian or listen to their new album, visit their Facebook page and SoundCloud.