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Making Music, Making Friends

As part of their introduction to campus life, Rensselaer’s newest students take part in Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond, a weeklong series of activities and events designed to help make the transition to college life more comfortable for incoming first-year students.

One of the activities is called “Fanfare” and is aimed at students with a musical bent. For two days, musicians in the Class of 2010 as well as members of Rensselaer’s instrumental ensembles (orchestra, band, and jazz ensemble) came together to practice and learn songs for a final public performance later in the week.

(Clockwise from far left) John Carruth (bass), Connor McBride (acoustic guitar with stickers), Philip Rachwal (bass), Chris Tucker (acoustic guitar), Jake Belcourt (electric guitar), and Jin Yang (electric guitar) worked out the chords to B.B. King’s “Let the Good Times Roll” for their part of the jazz ensemble performance. According to Yang, who played the electric guitar solo during the tune, “I have been playing guitar for about seven years now. Interestingly enough, I have never played jazz music on my guitar as part of a jazz ensemble before coming to RPI. It was a new experience for me, but luckily it was pulled off well.”

And McBride has since started a band called Sea Glass that plays at venues on campus.

Photo by Kris Qua

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