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Diana Jacobs Band

The Diana Jacobs Band performs during music and a movie night at Hoopes Park in August.

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The Diana Jacobs Band, of Auburn, took home a Syracuse Area Music Award Friday in the Best R&B category.

The band was nominated for its album "Good Metticine," a collection of original material recorded over the course of three years. The band features Diana Jacobs on vocals and keyboard, Mettis Jacobs on guitar and vocals, Sue Ferlenda on vocals and keyboard, Fred Gibsons on bass, Dave Kuykendall on guitar and Dave Chitambar on drums. 

Jacobs, a teacher in the Auburn school district who has been performing in the area for almost 40 years, has described the band to The Citizen as, "A unique combination of R&B, soul and blues. We don't fit into any particular category." The name of the band's new album comes from Mettis Jacobs, who is also her husband.

The band will next perform in the area at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at A.T. Walley & Co., 119 Genesee St., Auburn. There is no cover charge.

Other Auburnians nominated for Syracuse Area Music Awards this year were alternative band A Cast of Thousands, for "The Fifth," and choreographer and international Sean McLeod, for "Music for Freedom: Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival Live! Vol. 2." Both were nominated in the Best Other Style category, which was won by Leo Crandall for "The Art of Swimming."

For more information about this year's awards, including the full list of winners, visit