Jam club provides musical outlet for students


Jam club met on Wednesday, October 30. They played their instruments freely.

Jam club is a new and improved version of guitar club. It meets for an hour on Wednesdays after school and is led by English teacher Scott Walker.

“Last year, students in the guitar club wanted more people to come, so they started inviting their friends who play other instruments,” Walker said.

Jam club members play a variety of different instruments, including guitars, recorders, the keyboard, trombones, the harmonica and even the cello.

“One student brought a banjo, and I came in with a mandolin,” Walker said.

Jam club has become increasingly popular when compared to its predecessor guitar club as a result of its diverse acceptance of a variety of instruments rather than just guitars.

“It turned out there was more interest in having multiple instruments other than just guitars,” Walker said. “Students just wanted it–they wanted to have a place where they could come and creatively play their instruments.”

This club is structured in a manner that allows students to be creative with their way of learning the instrument of their choice and in their music selections. Within the first 30 minutes, members are given the opportunity to play different songs of their choice and to just enjoy themselves.

However, for the last 30 minutes, the members are designated a song that they are going to learn as a group. This setup provides a compromise between those who want to freely explore their instrument and those who prefer a little more structure.

“Right now, the trick is to make some order out of the chaos of having twenty people who all have their own way of making music and their own interests,” Walker said. “We are still working on being more cohesive.”

Additionally, this club is meant for pure enjoyment and to include many different people. People join this club to have fun with friends while enjoying the musical aspect of it.

“No matter what your skill level is, we want you to be able to participate,” Walker said. “I don’t want people to sit back and not participate because they are worried that they are not at a high enough level.”