We had a huge variety of music. I opened the show with a Broadway song on the piano, and Ben followed with some classical and an original piece. The Ignaz Quartet (Sylvia, Joe, Dan, and James) played Beethoven. Noah played guitar and sang songs from The Avett Brothersand Blind Pilot. Sam (piano) and Jon (bass) did some jazz and Jon played on his own too.
While everyone else was playing, I looked around the room and saw at least 3/4 of the audience either tapping their feet or nodding their head to the beat, swaying, closing their eyes, and smiling. The groups of ladies seemed to love the guitarists! At one point someone even brought their dog in to listen. It was a huge success and afterward a lot of people came up to talk to us personally and shake our hands. They asked us over and over if we were coming back and thanked us!
My idea for this club came from doing music service in high school at a rehab center with my violinist friend. When I came to Penn State, I wanted to keep playing piano but found absolutely no opportunities that didn’t require a huge time commitment. As a result, I found myself practicing less and less and losing my skill. I also started to miss music service so much, and I decided I needed to do something about all of this. I imagined great things for this club but nothing felt as rewarding as watching this performance and the effect it had on the residents! This first event confirmed that the hard work from me and the other officers is really bringing a great opportunity to Penn State and making a positive impact on other people’s lives. I can’t wait to see where the club goes from here!