Unionville High alum rocks to Grammy acclaim

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2000 grad a member of award-winning quartet Halestorm

By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times

Joe Hottinger (left), a 2000 Unionville grad and member of the group Halestorm, accepts  a Grammy award for the song "Long Bites (So Do I).

Joe Hottinger (left), a 2000 Unionville grad and member of the group Halestorm, shares in the 2013 Grammy award for the song “Long Bites (So Do I).”

Even if Unionville High Band Director Scott Litzenberg had time to watch the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, he would not have known that one of his former students, Joe Hottinger, took the stage.

That’s because the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Award preceded the telecast portion of the ceremony in Los Angeles. So when one of Litzenberg’s colleagues, whose son kept up with the 30-year-old rocker, shared the news that the group Halestorm won, Litzenberg was surprised and delighted.

“I had heard he was playing in the band, but did not know about the Grammy nomination,” Litzenberg said.

Hottinger, a 2000 Unionville grad, played guitar in the high school’s jazz band and played tenor in the marching band’s drumline. In 2003, he joined Halestorm, a Pennsylvania quartet started by a brother-sister team from Red Lion. Arejay and Elizabeth “Lzzy” Hale have been playing together since 1997.

The group is known for its strong work ethic and demanding tour schedule, according to published reports. The song that won the Grammy? “Love Bites (So Do I).” For more information about the win, visit the group’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/halestormrocks.



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