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September 8, 2010 by admin

Charles W. Kim photo - Photography major Michael Brown gets ready to play Sept. 8.


  By Charles W. Kim

 The Lincroft campus could erupt at any time, with music that is.

During good weather one can often find students, many not even in music-related majors, in the various outside sitting areas breaking out an instrument of choice and sharing their talents.

     “This is our first day (of school) and we had a little gap between classes,” said Michael Brown, 21, a photography major from Union Beach, as he tuned his acoustic guitar next to the smoking gazebo by the Student Life Center on Sept.8.

Brown, who has been playing for about five years and has mostly performed solo, said he likes playing with other musicians in the impromptu concerts that usually take place around the school.

     Pre-med student Michael McGuinness, 20, of Cliffwood Beach used the warm and sunny afternoon to audition with Brown in the hope of possibly forming a band together.

    “It gives us an opportunity to put a band together,” McGuinness said. “You find many people with similar interests (here).”

     Neither student studies music as part of their academic program at college, but both said they enjoy playing for others and those who stop and listen for a moment.

   “The best part is meeting people and getting someone for your band,” McGuinness said. “(Other students) are very kind about (playing in public).”

     The music does not stop inside the Martin Luther King Jr. Lounge in the SLC, passersby usually find someone sitting at the piano and tickling the ivories as background music for those sitting on the couches playing card games.

         Long Branch resident Michael Borrero, 19, said he has been playing for two years and loves the classic sounds of the Romantic Era, including Frederic Chopin, Schubert or Robert Schumann. The period, during the late 18th Century, also featured composers like Mozart and Haydn, Borrero said.

       “You can’t really get into a (modern) band playing classical (music),” Borrero, a computer science major told second-year psychology major Heather Kilpatrick, 18, of Eatontown. “I tried guitar but kind of failed at that.”

         Kilpatrick said she loves hearing the many differing musical styles and talents demonstrated by the students who, like Borrero, play mainly because they enjoy it.

       “You see how (the musician) feels playing live instead of just listening to it,” Kilpatrick said. “You (also) get to hear all varieties of music. It is all random.”

Charles W. Kim video - Michael Brown, 21, a Union Beach photography major gives an impromptu concert near the Student Life Center on Brookdale's Lincroft campus Sept. 8. Watch for our full story on college musicians sharing their talents.

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