the AMs foster community through song

Henri Robbins | Staff Writer

Listen to the AMs play the song “Malibu” by Miley Cyrus:

From 80’s hits like “Africa” by Toto to modern chart-toppers like Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, The AMs’ performance at Kidd Coffee brought the community together. On September 24th, MHS’ Live Music Club performed one of their first gigs outside of the high school at local coffee shop Kidd Coffee.

Live Music Club is a group founded by Savannah Quach and Emily Plummer that performs for the school and community, ranging from small shows in the school to larger community events. They play under their stage name, The AMs, and they include many members ranging from vocalists, strings, guitarists, a pianist and even a ukulele player. They pride themselves on their diversity of music, said senior Savannah Quach, and try to play some music that every age group will enjoy.

“We’re playing one of my selections, ‘My Girl’ by The Temptations,” Quach said. “I think it really appeals to our older audience. We have plenty of more popular songs, like ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, that’ll appeal to Mason students. Our song choices are very diverse. We don’t have a genre that we fit in – we play everything.”

With the broad selection of music that they perform, many of the members enjoy the diversity of people who join and who listen. Senior Emily Plummer said she is thankful for the friends she has made through the performances and how people with a common interest have been able to come together.

“I love all of (the members),” Plummer said. “I formed a lot of friendships that I didn’t think I would ever form. I wanted to bring a more acoustic tone to the school – not just marching band or orchestra – so I guess that’s where it came from.”

Performing at the coffee shop drew a large crowd, with students, parents, and members of the community alike all stopping to listen to the local band on a rainy day. Their set lasted an hour, with both new songs and returning ones from previous sets, such as “Bird Set Free” by Sia, being played. Members said that they were just as excited to be playing as the audience was to be listening.

“It’s actually amazing,” said Quach. “I never thought I’d be performing at a coffee shop. It’s the most amazing feeling in the world. “

Quach said that being able to be a part of the group has been a great, if unexpected experience. Neither her nor the other members expected it to be as large as it is, but are glad to be performing and creating a more positive environment around Mason.

“At first, I honestly did not think we’d be performing often, just maybe a couple times for the school, but now we’ve kind of made it a lot more regular,” Quach said, “I think we’ve realized that our club is one way to reach out to the community and bring the school together, and it’s not just for the music. We want to unite everyone at Mason: the students, the staff, even the community.”

Having started October last year, both Plummer and Quach were both surprised by how far the club has come since. Both said they are glad to see the effect they’ve had on the school and community through their performances both at school and outside of it.

“We’re having a positive impact,” Plummer said. “We’re a happy band and we do happy things, and a lot of people are happy to see us.”

 

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