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Jam club de-stresses with beats and strings

Junior art history major Lauren Rios, junior psychology major Jared Taylor, senior public affairs major Jesus Vargas-Lopez and junior multimedia and speech communications major Chris Pulu meet in Sneaky Park as part of the Jam Fam Club. In 2011 Pulu and others started jamming in Sneaky Park as a way to escape from school and other stress. As more people came to share music with them, they decided to start the club, which now has 16 members. The club meets at noon Fridays, all are welcome. / photo by Ryan Gann

Junior art history major Lauren Rios, junior psychology major Jared Taylor, senior public affairs major Jesus Vargas-Lopez and junior multimedia and speech communications major Chris Pulu meet in Sneaky Park as part of the Jam Fam Club. In 2011 Pulu and others started jamming in Sneaky Park as a way to escape from school and other stress. As more people came to share music with them, they decided to start the club, which now has 16 members. The club meets at noon Fridays, all are welcome. / photo by Ryan Gann

Danielle Hunt
Staff Writer

With instruments and a passion for music, the Jam Fam Club was formed by club founder Chris Pulu as a way for the students to de-stress from school assignments and test.

“The club actually started out as a joke when three of my friends suggested that we jam together, but one jam session led to another and our love for music ignited a beautiful thing,” said Chris Pulu, a junior multimedia and speech communications major.

The club is simple and has no strict rules and bylaws. “The goal is to showcase the hidden talents here at La Verne by providing a safe place for people to come out and just jam,” said junior art history major Lauren Rios said.

Members bring ukuleles and guitars, but instruments of all types are welcomed.

They gather the talents of the members to collaborate and create a fun environment that they can thrive.

“In all honesty there is no time commitment, auditions or judgments on how talented you are,” Pulu said.

“We are simply here for you to come to when you want to sing your heart out, play your heart out, or fill your heart with great music,” Pulu said.

There are many college campuses with very similar organizations on campus,which promote student involvement.

“La Verne is a very unique campus and I wanted to incorporate the La Verne campus into what I have seen with other groups at campuses such as UC Berkeley and that’s what we try to achieve with the Jam Fam Club,” Pulu said.

Although the club is very free spirited and lets imaginations flow, they do have a structure to the club.

The club aims to write and learn songs that the group can play and work on together.

“One of my favorite memories so far is when we actually learned a full song and wrote a song together about love,” said junior psychology major Janelle Luboung.

“It was great to see a group effort come into being,” Luboung said.

An important aspect of the Jam Fam Club is participation and new ideas which are always welcome.

“We are not professionals by any means but we are a group of students who love to learn,” Rios said.

“So we hope more people are interested in joining because it will help us each improve personally but also as a whole,” The club members hang out side of meetings and have formed a family bond.

“It sounds really stupid but it’s really cool. I was going through a weird time where I needed to be surrounded by people who take in the same interest,” Rios said.

“These people were the exact people I needed. It seriously did become this little family and I’m super grateful for it,” she said.

Being a part of the club is not a requirement in order to join them for one of their sessions, nor is having an instrument.

The club plans on fundraising for instruments and in the spring hopes to perform at different campus activities.

Those interested in joining the Jam Fam Club are encouraged to join in on a jam session. The club meets at noon Fridays in Sneaky Park.

Danielle Hunt can be reached at danielle.hunt@laverne.edu.

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