Lancaster – Students in a new club on the Ohio University Lancaster Campus are marching to the tune of a different drummer, except they are doing it with guitars. The S.T.R.U.M. (Students Teaching Rookie Undergraduate Musicians) Club started meeting last week. The club is for people of any interest or playing level, but especially those who don't know how to play the guitar but want to learn.
"We basically just decided there should be a club," said OUL Student Timmy Smith.
"Timmy and some other students approached me about being the advisor for the club," said Music Instructor Paul Young. "I thought it was a great idea."
Young has his Ph.D. in Educational Administration and his Master's Degree in Music Performance. The former elementary school principal, fourth grade teacher and band director has been teaching courses on the Lancaster Campus since 1982.Young teaches courses in music history, music theory and teacher education.
Right now there are nine club members. Smith is the only one who knows how to play the guitar.He has been playing for about a year and plans to use his knowledge to guide everyone in the club, even the advisor.
"I don't even know how to play the guitar," said Young. "What is great about this club is that we're all going to learn together."
Right now the club is looking for a place to call home. It's meeting in Brasee Hall, either in room 400, The Zone or room 414. The meetings are held on Mondays and Tuesdays from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
OUL Student Silas Decker decided to join the club because he thought it would be a good time and he could learn something about an instrument he loves.
"The guitar is amazing," said Decker. "If you just listen to it, you can hear how soulful it is."
Young said is open to students, faculty and staff. If you're interested in becoming part of the S.T.R.U.M. Club, contact Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.