New Musicians Exchange Logo drawn by Camden Andl ’19
By Camden Andl ’19
After the graduation of previous Musician’s Exchange president Max Fees ’17, students have wondered what the music scene at Brophy will be like this year.
English teacher and Musician’s Exchange moderator Mr. Lane McShane ’82 said that this year’s club has strong junior leadership that he thinks will help the club continue to succeed.
“We’ve got a lot of really talented juniors,” Mr. McShane said. “That’s a good thing because more often than not, the guys who are participating in our club or even the performances are doing a lot of different things, so it’s a good way for one guy to really take the lead.”
Juniors Jack Arthur ’19 and Collin McShane ’19 are this year’s co-presidents for the club and said they are planning on keeping it as organized as it has been in years past.
“The club was very open to people joining last year,” Arthur said. “Even people who weren’t part of the club would come hang out and play, so we’re definitely trying to keep that going.”
Arthur said that the goal of the club is to make sure new bands start up to perform live music at Brophy events.
“A lot of Brophy bands left last year, including main musicians like Max Fees ’17 and Erick Deyden ’17, so we’re trying to make sure that new bands start up so we can keep having live music at all the Brophy events,” Arthur said.
Musician’s Exchange sets up many events throughout the year including smaller shows such as Friday Night Lights and bigger events like Battle of the Bands and the Fine Arts Extravaganza.
“We try and put out some bands all the time,” Mr. McShane said. “Sometimes they’re not guys who are really concerned with how big the crowd is, they want to just play live and to get experience doing that. On the opposite end of that, we have some really talented bands and musicians who draw a pretty big crowd.”
Mr. McShane said that the club’s most well-attended event, the Fine Arts Extravaganza (FAE), gives everyone who wants to play the best way to share their music.
“The FAE is probably the neatest one because there’s less of a sense of competition at all, and there’s adults and even community members who come out and see it,” Mr. McShane said. “It’s just a really great night and I think it’s the best event for our club to participate in.”