Guitar Club strings up a new performance for the Heritage Fair


Ryan Ng

"We are just preparing for the Heritage Fair by reviewing the song that we are going play," said Erik Cramer, the president of Guitar Club.

The Heritage Fair is coming soon, and among the many clubs, the Guitar Club is preparing for their upcoming performance at the assembly.

The annual Heritage Fair is a collection of performances by Carlmont clubs that are watched by all students. Currently, many club officials are organizing routines that best represent their culture to show their peers and supervisors. Among these many clubs is Guitar Club, who have been preparing their performance for weeks.

This year, Guitar Club is collaborating with Ukulele Club to perform a combination of two songs: “Riptide” and “Hallelujah.” Throughout the past few weeks, their members have learned to enjoy practicing the songs instead of seeing it as a tedious task.

“I felt the stress when we began, but as time went on, I started to see them have fun playing the song. The only stressful part is having people watch us play,” said Erik Cramer, the president of Guitar Club.

This is the first year that the club has collaborated with another club for the Heritage Fair. At first, creating harmony with so many people concerned some members. However, as they practiced, both Ukulele Club and Guitar Club were able to play in unison.

“It’s pretty interesting to see the difference between club organizations like the Ukulele Club members. They are probably more organized than us, but it is coming together well, and we’re having fun,” said Zachary Leeb, a member of Guitar Club.

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When we perform, you can rely on each other to play more complicated sounds, so I am confident we will do well during the Heritage Fair.”

— Zachary Leeb

Guitar Club and Ukelele Cub’s past performances and their reputation make some students look forward to the Heritage Fair. However, even with the collaboration of both clubs, some feel that their performance requires more variety.

“The performances in the past were entertaining to watch, but they lack the cultural aspect that was displayed in other performances during the last Heritage Fair. I hope they will play some songs that represent ethnic cultures rather than some generic piece,” said Caroline Chen, a sophomore.

Aiming to satisfy all the students at the Heritage Fair, students can only wait to see the well-practiced performance.

Guitar Club can only practice once a week, so until they can play in unison, members will perfect the songs at home. And with a couple of weeks left until the assembly, they have been doing just that.

“Everyone knows what they are doing, and they can all play together really well. All I have to do is send texts to remind them to practice and memorize the song. Every week, they show me every week that they are putting in the effort to do just that,” Cramer said.

Ryan Ng