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DMusic’s Obstacle Course

By Ezra Graves


Nathan Chen on trumpet, Lucas Wieser on keys, Koby Kern in support. Photo by Matt Silverman


People often ask what’s going on with music at d.tech. Considering that d.tech is a weird and crazy school, it should come as no surprise that so is its music program. It’s called DMusic, and it’s a somewhat complicated organization. Essentially, it’s a support system for multiple clubs that practice and perform music. It was born from the burnt remains of Rock Band and Orchestra – two d.tech music clubs that existed in times past.

DMusic isn’t a music group per se, but rather, a student-run club that organizes practice spaces and budget, buys gear, and schedules performances and concerts for other clubs. Music clubs that are supported by DMusic include Jazz, Orchestra, and a few independent projects.

At present, DMusic administration is looking to expand its program. In an interview with Vice President, William DeBruce, I was told that that the club was in need of more musicians and money to make it all happen. They have been communicating with the school to set up grants and purchases to reach that goal. DeBruce also said DMusic needed “more rock.” Although it was not entirely clear what he meant by this, I believe he meant “rock musicians.”

I talked to a jazz drummer, Sam Mostowfi, to ask him about how practices went. He remarked on how much noise there is between songs. He admitted to noodling a little, but says he has been trying to cut back. Still, Mostowfi says, the horn players noodle a lot. He also told me that the band’s gear is far sub-par, some musicians stop mid-song, and with all music groups, people get very annoyed with their bandmates.

He admitted to noodling a little, but says he has been trying to cut back.

Having played with Jazz and having sat in on a few practices, I noticed that they have no tech personnel. No one could hear the piano, and even though they had a mic and a (very small) amp, no one knew how to mic the piano. One of the trumpet players has a valve that is often stuck, and the solos taken by some of the players are drowned out in the mix.

To learn more about some issues participants might not see, I talked to Sarah Krummel, the administrator that DMusic interacts with. As it turns out, she knew about as much as I do about DMusic. Aside from specific purchases, she said that she, “did not have enough information to comment” on if they are experiencing any problems.

Another very committed member of Jazz, keyboardist Lucas Wieser, gave me some great insight. When asked if issues arose during practices, he responded, “Currently there’s not much to complain about. The music is a lot of fun.” Like Wieser, I hear this a lot from other musicians, and feel the same way about my projects. Dedicated musicians make it work and don’t really care about much, as long as they get to play in the end.


Photo by Matt Silverman

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