Published May 12, 2022
BY ALEXIS PINE
The CHS Band Show, an annual event hosted by the Singer-Songwriters Club where student performers showcase their musical talents in a night filled with a variety of music, is returning May 13 after a two-year hiatus, featuring performances from four bands composed of musicians from all grades.
The show is the biggest production that the club hosts where both non-members and members of the club prepare a three- to five-song setlist, covering both originals and covers while enabling students to collaborate with one another.
“The Band Show and the club itself provide musicians with the opportunity to have control over the music they’re playing while at school,” explains club adviser Marc Stafford. “They offer an opportunity for students to explore their own interests and for students who show interest in music to get involved.”
In previous years, the show has transformed into being a memorial and fundraiser for Whitney Grummon, a CHS teacher who passed away in 2018, and was renamed Concert for Whitney in the years before the pandemic. Originally an idea that emerged with the origins of the club, the two-year gap resets the event, returning to their origins, which some would compare to a battle-of-the-bands event.
“The turnout is about on par with what we normally have,” says Stafford. “It might be fewer people, but it’s more material. People in the past were scrambling to find one song, and this year, members are prepared with two or three songs.”
Welcoming to musicians of all levels, the hosting Songwriters Guild stimulates a supportive atmosphere, one of the crucial aspects contributing to the success of events like The Band Show. Differing significantly from other Singer-Songwriters shows in a multitude of ways, much more goes into making the show run smoothly, featuring the collaboration and communication between bands of five members.
“The Band Show is so much bigger than the other shows. There’s more elements,” says senior Ashley Davidson, president of the Songwriters Guild. “There’s a bigger audience and a lot more work goes into this show. You’re able to collaborate with other members in the club rather than have it be a solo performance.”
The band that sophomore Grayden Miller is partaking in plans on performing a combination of original songs and pop songs including “Kyoto” by Phoebe Bridgers and “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic.
The group provides a venue for students who might not have experience in music to stay involved in a learning environment. The freedom given to students through these events likewise foster student creativity in the arts that cannot be found elsewhere on campus.
“You get to show who you are as a musician and get to work on yourself throughout all the shows,” says sophomore Riley Mabry, the club’s vice president. “It’s necessary to work on your own identity as a musician and performer, and the club has personally really helped me with that.”
The production has extensive importance to many of the musicians affiliated with the club. With the last performance in early 2020, anticipation is building as the performance date approaches for the change in scenery for the seniors and majority of sophomores who have never participated in the event.
“Being in the club for four years and being president this year, I feel like I have a bigger role in the band show,” says Davidson. “With it being my last year and running the club, participating this year is really important. It’s a once a year sort of thing, so it’s a rare and fun opportunity for everyone in the club.”
Members of the Songwriters guild are putting their all into the performance, coordinating practice times with other musicians and composing original songs, hoping that their efforts will reflect in the end result at the last show of the school year.
“I’m writing songs for both of the bands, which is really difficult,” says Mabry. “It is exciting to get to play the songs that I’ve written live with backing tracks and not just me on guitar, and it’s cool to have people collaborate and just make music together outside of a school context.”