Courtesy Stitch is an original alternative rock band made up of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Tim Gossman, lead guitarist Zak Stelmaszek, bass guitarist Andy Graves, and drummer Nick Lubaczewski. Although the band has only been together since early 2001, they have managed to record a full-length album, play as an opening act for national shows, film an MTV-quality music video, and catch the attention of many fans, musicians, a radio DJ in Germany, and even record labels. Courtesy Stitch has a unique sound that the audience thrives off of. Their music mixed with a high-energy stage performance is guaranteed to draw a crowd and keep them rocking. The nucleus of the band formed when Tim Gossman met drummer Nick Lubaczewski in college. At the time, Tim had been playing guitar for about three years and had written many songs while waiting for the opportunity to play them with a band. Nick had been playing the drums since he was very young, mimicking his father who was a drummer in well-known national German and Polish polka bands. Tim and Nick began playing together and putting drum beats into songs that Tim had written. The third time that they sat down to play together was at a college party where more than 500 people crowded the hall to listen to them freestyle jam for hours. After graduation, Tim reunited with old friend and guitarist Todd Hess, who joined the group and Courtesy Stitch was born. In college four years earlier, Todd taught Tim his first 2 chords on the guitar. The three of them played in a garage for a couple of months until they felt it was time to find a bass player and start playing live performances. After seeing a flyer posted in an athletic club, bass player Andy Graves called in for a tryout. Andy is also a songwriter and keyboardist. After his first tryout, Andy was asked to come back and complete the four-piece band. Courtesy Stitch made their first live performance only two months after the completion of the band at a small bar in Flint, MI. The following night, in only their second public performance, Courtesy Stitch won a Battle of the Bands show in Midland, MI. From that point on, the band has been working toward larger, more energetic venues. In September of 2002, Courtesy Stitch won a huge Battle of the Bands show at the famous Harpo's Music Theater in Detroit, being judged best out of 17 bands by talent scouts from Union Records. New experiences and change were the theme of the summer of 2003. The band released their debut CD 'Scarred' in June of 2003. Courtesy Stitch music was featured on the radio stations WKQZ in Saginaw and WRIF in Detroit, as well as on EMS-Vechte-Welle radio all the way across the pond in Germany. Lead guitarist Todd Hess stepped aside to pursue a quieter, newlywed lifestyle. The band auditioned new lead guitarists throughout the summer. In August, the band filmed their very first music video for the power ballad, 'Angel of Heroin.' In September, the band chose Zak Stelmaszek as lead guitarist. Zak adds rock solid playing and a powerful stage presence to the group. Zak is also a songwriter, bringing yet another dynamic dimension to Courtesy Stitch. 2003 is shaping up to be a definitive year in the history of the band and their sights are set on reaching even higher, heading back to the studio to begin recording their second CD, and sharing their unique blend of sound with as many listeners as possible..