The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 15
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M ost young musicians dreamt of one
day making it big in the music business.
They also realized that a lot of time and
effort had to be put into their music in
order to succeed. While playing in a band
in college may have been the first step to a
career in music, there was always the reality
that it was hard work to juggle school and
performing in a band. It was a challenge
that many musicians at NT were willing to
face in order to do what they loved to do
most: play music.
"It's really hard to do both," said Chris-
topher Renquist, Dallas Music Composi-
tion junior. Renquist, who had played in
bands in both college and high school, said
it was easier to be in a band when the class
load was not so heavy. "Especially if you
want a band that is really going some-
Many of the musicians in local bands
were music majors. "Being a music major
really helps," said Dmitri Thomann, Hous-
tonJazz Performance junior and a member
of a band called Zeek. "It's easier because
everything I do relates to music," Thomann
Attending classes put many limitations
on the amount of time and effort that could
be exerted by each band member. Most of
a music student's spare time was spent with
the band. Thomann said the most difficult
part was spreading the day out. It was hard
to find time to do homework and rehearse
with the other band members who were
also busy with their studies. "Because we're
in school, we don't have as much time to
practice our instruments as we'd like to,"
Thomann said. "We just have to practice
when we can find time to get together."
To many people, spending so much time
rehearsing would put a strain on their social
lives. "We do it as a social thing," Tho-
mann said. "There is nothing more social
than being on a stage in front of all those
Most of the musicians were very serious
about their bands. Their lives revolved
around their music because they knew their
futures depended on how well they did in
college. "A lot of people get weeded out of
the music department, so by the third year
you really have to buckle down and do it so
far as school and music goes," Renquist
Plans for the future varied from band to
band. Some were striving for fame and
fortune while others were content with lo-
cal recognition. "Fame would be nice, but
as long as I have the opportunity to play for
people, I'll be happy," Renquist said. "I
want to think that this band is going to be
successful," Thomann said. "I would like to
perpetuate this band as long as possible."
Thomann said he also enjoyed perform-
ing for a versatile audience. He hoped that
the music Zeek performed was accessible
to anyone who was listening. "I feel like we
are filling a new niche. Each band draws
their own crowd," he said. "We want to
play for everyone."
Most musicians agreed they looked for-
ward to the financial rewards that came
with being successful. In an interview in the
North Texas Daily, Brian Kahanek, Beorne
sophomore and lead guitarist for the local
band Phantom, said, "You have to support
yourself. There are people who say they're
only in it for the music but that's a crock."
Renquist said it would not bother him to
do work outside of music to maintain if he
had to, but he would have liked to be able
to get by with just his music.
"We're fed up with not being famous.
It's boring," Thomann said. "We want to
be filthy, stinking rich, and we'll do any-
thing to get there."
The Gravity Room, a local nightclub, pro-
vides entertainment for students as well as a
starting ground for up and coming bands.
During their performance at the Bruce Hall
Jam, Last Rites' bassist accompanies the lead
Displaying uniqueness and talent, Mexican
Chicken band members Scott Hoag, Casey
Dilorio, Derek Welch and Tommy Roberts
get caught up in the music.
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