Profile
 
Imagine the echo-y melodies of the Cranberries fused with the epic distortion riffs of Muse and the addicting rock-out choruses of Coldplay. Top that with the glassy harmonies of Eisley and you have Ivy Rose, an - alternative-rock band that will give you goose bumps with their powerful presence. Offstage they seem like 4 composed and friendly young women, but onstage, they will knock you out with their tight, synchronized rhythms, energand rock-out vibe. Together for only 3 years, they have already released their debut album This Adventure, opened for internationally-renowned acts Ben Folds and Weezer, won numerous battle of the bands competitions, completed a mini-tour in the Philippines and played hundreds of shows in different cities along the east coast. Having established themselves well in the DC scene, they hope to conquer the ears and hearts of listeners all around the world
Martina San Diego
Lead Vocals / Guitar
Currently a senior in high school, Martina San Diego is as busy as ever. A consistent honor roll student and a member of the Choral Chamber group in her school, Martina sings, plays piano, guitar and has been performing in front of audiences since a very young age. At thirteen years old, she won the Boy’s and Girl’s Club Icon Talent Competition of Washington D.C. which allowed her to perform at the Millennium Stage in the Kennedy Center. In 2009, Martina performed at the Patriot Center in George Mason as an opening act for the Filipino production, DIVAS 4 DIVAS. Martina’s family and friends are a big inspiration in her life, along with artists such as Dolores O’Riordan, Eva Cassidy, and Robert Smith.
 
Isabelle De Leon
Drums / Backup Vocals
A rising senior at the University of Maryland, Isabelle’s passion for music is reflected not only in the group, but also at school where she is studying jazz drums performance and pre-medicine. At UMD she is the drummer in the top jazz ensemble and is also a distinguished College Park Scholar, as well as a Dean’s List student with honors.  Most recently she was selected to be a Strathmore Artist-in-Residence for 2012-2013. In  April 2011, she was a featured performer at the Smithsonian National American History Museum for a celebration of women in jazz and the launching of Jazz Appreciation Month. In 2008 she won the Washington Post Music and Dance Scholarship Award for her performance on drums, and in 2011 was awarded the Stanley Kay Scholarship to attend the New York Summer Festival for jazz drums with a full ride. She hopes to one day save the world using music and medicine, and in her free time, enjoys photography, modeling, baking, and being with friends and family.
 
Kristine De Leon
Bass
A music and art aficionado, Kristine is a senior at Catholic University. She is an architecture major who has mastered the art of juggling her studies with a part time job and her role as historian of the Filipino organization at her university. Her musical inspirations consist of Meg & Dia, Kings of Leon, and Florence +the Machine. By being in Ivy Rose, she hopes to inspire people to break out of their sheland try something new—because you never know where it will go!
 
Sarah De Leon
Lead Guitar / Backup Vocal
An incoming freshman at the University of Maryland, Sarah plans to pursue both her interests by double majoring in electrical engineering and jazz guitar. Having graduated high school Cum Laude, she will be an honors student at UMD and is excited for the many performance and academic opportunities she will encounter. She hopes to use her newly acquired engineering and music knowledge to venture into some of the more technical aspects of music.
 
Awards, Highlights, and Recognition
UMD SEE Battle of the Bands Winner
Ivy Rose was selected out of over 30 University of Maryland band applicants to compete at the semi-final round of the SEE Battle of the Bands competition. After winning this and the final round, they opened for Ben Folds and Weezer at the University of Maryland’s Art Attack XXVII. Rocking UMD’s Byrd (football) Stadium, they performed in front of over 13,000 people and received much acclaim backstage from the headlining performers.
2nd Place – The Next Big Thing Tour Battle of the Bands at 9:30 Club
In a day-long competition at DC’s renowned 9:30 Club, Ivy Rose competed against over 30 local bands of all genres and won second place.
1st Place – Quest Battle of the Bands
Ivy Rose won 1st place in a local battle of the bands competition which featured local Maryland bands of different genres. They were proudly the only females in the competition!
NBC4 News Feature
Ivy Rose was featured on NBC4 News in an interview with Alice Sterling in her piece “Working Woman” which highlights women pioneers in the environment. The feature also aired a clip of an exclusive performance of one of their original songs.
FOX5 News Feature
Withstanding the frigid December cold, Ivy Rose was featured on Fox5 morning news for performing at the annual “Stuff-A-Truck” event which collected food for the homeless. Arriving as early as 5 a.m., they were all smiles while being interviewed by Holly Morris and were shown playing their own Christmas medley arrangement.
WTOP News Feature
Ivy Rose was interviewed by Kate Ryan for their work on “Rock for Scholars,” a project started by the De Leon family to raise money for schools. Their interview and a segment of their rehearsal were featured on WTOP News radio.
Highlight Performances
  • In April 2010, Ivy Rose opened for Weezer and Ben Folds at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium for a crowd of over 13,000 people.
  • For the past two summers, Ivy Rose has been a featurt the Fairfax Corner Outdoor Summer Concert Series in Fairfax, Virginia.
  • In July 2010, Ivy Rose performed at Sea Ray’s annual AquaPalooza in Woodbridge, VA with headliner Matt Stillwell. AquaPalooza is an annual nationwide event that attracts over 90,000 people in total all over the U.S.
  • Ivy Rose performed in front of over 2,000 people at the DC Armory in February 2010, opening for acclaimed Filipino artists, Martin Nievera and Gary Valenciano.
  • Ivy Rose performed in front of over 2,000 people at the renowned DAR Consitution Hall in November 2009, opening for famous Filipino artists: MYMP, Richard Poon, Aiza Seguerra, Duncan Ramos and many others.
  • In January 2010, Ivy Rose opened for acclaimed Filipino artist Kitchi Nadal in Toronto, ON.
  • Ivy Rose has travelled as far as Toronto, ON to New York and New Jersey on multiple occasions. They have played at many universities including George Mason University, the Catholic University of America, Binghampton University, Kean University and the University of Maryland.