Photo by Raymond Link ’20 | Three members of the band play the guitar at Mass in Robson Gymnasium.
By Peter Warner ’19
Different clubs and bands on campus allow students to express themselves through music.
There are many different music clubs and bands on campus.
One of the clubs is the Rap Club, run by president Ari Anderson ’21.
“I think that the atmosphere in the Rap Club is unlike any atmosphere on campus,” Anderson said. “It is so high energy and supportive.”
“The club introduces a whole new genre on campus. We go to a Catholic school, everything is very traditional,” Anderson continued.
Mr. Austin Pidgeon ’08 is the adviser for the Mass Band, the music group that performs at Brophy religious services.
“[The Mass Band] centers students and student performers, which hopefully improves engagement in the mass,” Mr. Pidgeon said. “Students are able to look out and see their peers taking the lead in the prayer life of the school.”
Thomas Lee ’19 is president of the Vinyl Club.
“We meet on Thursdays in Mr. Smith’s room, and put on our favorite records,” Lee said. “People bring them sometimes and we have a bunch that we keep there.”
“It is so completely different, that is what I love about it,” Lee said. “I am mostly into rock, but people bring in rap and jazz records all the time, just various genres.”
These clubs each have their own effect on the music landscape on campus.
The mass band reaches out through prayerful and religious music, getting students involved in mass.
“I like to give [the members] some freedom to choose songs that they first of all get excited to play.” Mr. Pidgeon said. “That is the goal… you can sit back and enjoy the music in mass for 20 minutes.”
Rap club views music as a way of expressing themselves to others.
“Hip-hop has been a constant, ever since the ’70s when it was invented,” Anderson said. “It has been an outlet for people to take out in the most true form.”
“Music plays a role in everyone’s life, and Brophy is no different,” Andersonsaid.
Vinyl Club is a way to introduce students to new music genres and artists.
“[Vinyl Club] introduces people to new music that is what it is about.” Lee said. “That’s what I love about the club, introducing people to new music.”
FAE, Brophy’s “Fine Arts Festival”, and other events allow music to make an impact on students as well.
“I think about events like FAE, there were more students bands than I have ever seen before. There are guys who have been playing with each other consistently throughout the year, and I love to see names who are repeated. There are so many spaces for students who like different styles of music and places where they can get together to play music,” Mr. Pidgeon said.