16 | WINTER 2020AH: That kind of thing can be really excitingwhen brought into street performances.Do you guys include that element a lot?ES: During rehearsals we often end upmessing around with those things. During ourperformances it’s a bit more structured because weknow what we’re going to play.Daniel Liu(DL): Sometimes when we’remessing around we can discover how we want toplay something, like if something’s not quite rightwe can tweak it and figure out how we want toplay it in the end.JC: Adam has a loop pedal, so we’ve done alive loop where you layer up chords and solo overit.AH: When we first started out playingwe didn’t even use actual sheet music for thearrangements—we just sort of told each other ourparts, because we mostly play pop songs so wewere able to coordinate our parts in real time. Sothe messing around wasn’t always productive, butthere’s definitely benefits.JC: It was often easier to, for example saywho’s gonna play the melody at this point, andthen assign chords to everyone, get on the pianoand figure out the key that we’re in.Do you guys have any music out, any covers oranything?ES: The only music we’ve really “released”has been on YouTube. Someone was filmingus while we were busking, and there’s also alittle homemade video, but there’s nothing onstreaming services yet.How far do you guys see this going?JC: We definitely want to keep rehearsing whenwe can. I think there was maybe some talk ofrecording something just before the pandemic, butthat kind of stopped everything.ES: We’re just having fun. I think none of ushave really thought a lot about what we want to dowith it. It’s really fun to get together with friendsand play music for people, so we’ll just keep doingthat until it’s not fun anymore.You can follow the Brass Rats on Instagram @brass_rats and subscribe to them on YouTube @Brass Rats.
WOMEN OF SPOON RIVER: A STATEHIGH (COVID) PRODUCTIONBY RIJA SABEEH AND ELOISE DAYRATAfter months of auditions, Zoomrehearsals, filming, and editing, the StateHigh Thespians are almost ready to release their2020 fall/winter production. Unlike anythingthey’ve done before, this year the troupe iscoming out with a movie: Women of Spoon River.In being a series of monologues, the troupechose this project as it was a COVID-19 friendlyidea.Thespians, much like any other extracurriculargroup, has experienced difficulties inmaintaining community closeness on the samelevel as pre-pandemic times. Delta senior KyraMuramoto explained that, “You really don’t getthe whole show bonding and stuff like that.”Although not being in person takes away fromlarge scale community building, Thespians havetaken it upon themselves to find creative ways toform ties between everyone.“They’ve actually done a really good job withthat: We have something called mentor groupswhere basically it’s led by a few seniors and thenpeople from all other grades. Basically you justkind of answer weekly questions and you havethis set group of people that you can always