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Teachers, students form club at Killough to play music

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Members of Killough's School of Rock club meet during block lunch every Friday.

Members of Killough's School of Rock club meet during block lunch every Friday.

Photo by Evelyn Burkett

Photo by Evelyn Burkett

Members of Killough's School of Rock club meet during block lunch every Friday.

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As is the case with generations of recent memory, music is of paramount importance. When a student wants to play, he or she will most likely join band, orchestra or another outlet for playing music. However, sometimes students cannot fit these classes into their schedules or are looking for something a little more relaxed. This is where School of Rock comes in.

“The goal of School of Rock is to get students who have never played together in a band, familiar with playing songs together to get the feel of playing in a band,” co-sponsor and math teacher Samuel Hawke said.

School of Rock provides a unique experience for students looking to indulge in their melodic harmonies.

“School of Rock is so very different from band or orchestra,” co-sponsor and english teacher Brian Hoskins said. “No offense to those music creating avenues, but we play rock ‘n’ roll. We play songs students themselves choose, not some classical piece of music some teacher selects for the group.”

The students of School of Rock meet every Friday during all of lunch; not all who show up are musicians themselves. Some show up just to watch and listen. Others just help set up and stay to hang out with friends.

“I go to listen to the music most of the time, and I enjoy it so much,” freshman Olivia Eckroth said. “I love music, so it’s really nice to be able to go there during block lunch and listen to their songs.”

According to Hoskins, the reasons for creating School of Rock are humble.

“We started School of Rock as a block lunch club that could give students a creative outlet to play music with their friends,” Hoskins said. “Hawke and I only wish we could have played music during school hours. We had to play in bands outside of school on our own time. Mainly we wanted to give back and teach others to play music and become legends.”

What once started out as a simple club to let kids play music has evolved into a Killough talent-show winning group. The rock stars in training plan to put on a show focusing solely on them. The time and place has not yet been determined.

“The big goal is to get to the point where we have our own little spring show with [students] playing three to five songs; we’re getting close, with two songs down and three that they’re working on,” Hawke said.

All are welcome to join the School of Rock family, and according to Hoskins, that is exactly what they are.

“I think all of us who either play, watch or help set up sound are all equal members of the School of Rock family,” Hoskins said.

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