The Northwestern High School Guitar and Strings (NHGnS) Club will perform a rock show featuring a hopped up version of “Danny Boy,” and songs from U2, Creedence Clearwater Revival, as well as some more modern tunes, tonight at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
About 15 students make up the NHGnS Club. Students jam on electric, bass and acoustic guitars, ukulele, drums, bongos, vocals and more.
“Everybody in the group is a multi-instrumentalist,” adviser Jay Baumgardner said. “They have a wide scope of what music is, and they have an eclectic taste.”
The students met once a week since September to practice, and in the last couple months they’ve met twice weekly.
Baumgarnder, a 1994 Northwestern graduate and musician, said the club is nice for kids who have musical interest, but might not necessarily want to participate in marching or concert band.
“I played clarinet in the band, and then I hit 16 and guitar was where it was at,” Baumgardner said.
The NHGnS Club started in 2003.
Northwestern Middle School music teacher Brian Spence advised the group from 2008 to 2015.
“It started as an acoustic guitar club,” Spence said. “The growth and evolution of it has been incredible.”
At first, the group played with and for each other in a classroom after school.
Now, they perform a spring concert and at Northwestern’s Weekend at the Arts (April 29-May 1) each year as a full band.
Check out pics below of band members rehearsing for tonight’s show: