PLANTATION KEY -- High school graduation marks the end of the beginning for many schoolmates. Friendships drift apart and life changes rapidly.
But one small group of Coral Shores High School bandmates are hoping things can stay the same.
This weekend, perhaps for the last time, the high school group, Men of Leisure, will entertain their high school class.
"It's going to be a big send-off," said Ryan Raines, the group's drummer.
Since 2011, Men of Leisure has played at venues throughout South Florida, including Key Largo's Caribbean Club.
After graduation next month, most of the members are traveling to Tallahassee to study music.
"We are going to try to make a record and send it down here for [Michael Nivens]," Raines said.
Nivens, a rising high school senior, plans on joining his band in Tallahassee in a year's time.
"He's dead set on coming up," Raines said. "We really like the town."
Having already performed in the state's capital, Raines said there are enough venues for his band to take off.
The group's focus is on original music, but they play some cover music at certain venues, by request.
The group describes their tunes as fun fusion rock with various effects including distortion and delay. Their influences are My Morning Jacket, The National, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley, among a few.
"We hope to be a breakout success," said guitarist Nyan Feder. "Hopefully we can get somewhere."
Feder said the group wasn't sure if a going away concert was possible until they were approached by Coral Shores Performing Arts Center Manager Scott Cockrell.
The performance will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at the PAC, mile marker 89.9, oceanside. Admission to the concert is free, but donations to the PAC are requested.
The band has recently released its first album, which can be purchased on iTunes.
Other members of the band include Tyler Ford on lead vocals and Jose Garcia on bass.