By Lauren Sliva of Peabody
If you had asked me if I was interested in joining a band through a Jewish program last year, I might have refused. Now I think it’s one of the best choices I’ve made to date.
I play the saxophone, and before Jam Space, I had never really been part of a real band other than the ones they offer at my high school. When I started attending, it was a little intimidating to have scales thrown at me and to be told to improvise for the first time, but it was worth it to try something new. It’s true when people say learning improvisation is just like learning a whole new instrument; it’s my favorite thing to do now.
Prepping weekly with a group of talented musicians really broadened the variety of music that I play. I’ve been introduced to funk and reggae music that I doubt I would’ve picked up on my own. When we preformed as a band at the Howling Wolf in Salem, I loved showing what all of our hard work had produced. As a band we came very far and I’m proud of the performance we put on. I’ve become great friends with everyone else in the band and I’m always looking forward to our next practice.
Lauren Sliva was a 2011 Coffee House performer with Meshugganh.