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Ian Terry

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On television, we see high school band members that meet each other from a school music group; after all, this an efficient way to meet new people who have similar interests. Unlike most schools, though, Brashier does not have a band or chorus group. Musically inclined students do not have a way to join together and play various instruments or sing. Some students have actually started a petition to create a music class, while others realized a music class isn’t needed to find individuals to play music with. Junior Jocelyn Dobson, junior Chris Calamia, and senior Nathan Robledo have started their own band, FFLF. Though the meaning of FFLF is a secret, I was able to get information on who plays what in the band.

“I am the lead singer and I’m also the pianist. My range is very wide; I can hit high notes and also bring out a deeper note. Chris [usually] plays the guitar, but he can also play bass. Nathan plays percussion [most of the time] but he also plays guitar and bass,” says Dobson.

Since Brashier has no elective courses for music, Brashier is not responsible for putting the band together. So how did these students form a band?

“Well the band is composed of me, Nathan, and Jocelyn. We were all on MCNC [Middle College National Consortium] this past year and worked on the music for the 2017 product. We would meet at Nathan’s house and write/record music we wrote, but we would always get distracted trying to cover other songs. We eventually decided it would be a good idea to start playing together and covering songs after getting a lot of positive feedback from posting videos of us on instagram,” says Calamia.

FFLF has not been doing any shows, but are currently getting one together.

“We are planning on playing at a little house party at the beginning of next month, and after that I’ve been talking with a café/bookstore downtown to do a [mini] concert to raise money to donate towards music therapy research. We are still waiting to see what playing at the house party will be like first [before we move on to bigger things].” says Calamia

A concert where the band members do not take the money for themselves: humble. Raising money for a notable cause is not a common thing for many teenagers, but, then again, these teenagers aren’t your usual ones.

“I recently became interested in music therapy for people with dementia and I wrote a research paper about [the benefits of music therapy] for psychology, but Chris told me a few days ago that [music therapy] is also used to help people with autism. I know that for those with memory loss, just listening to songs from their youth can help them regain their memories and ease their suffering. For out show at M. Judson we plan to raise money and donate to a hospital or organization that does music therapy. We haven’t completely worked out the details yet, because it’s a new idea that came up,” says Robledo.

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