031114- Photo by Darel James/Viking - Long Beach City College Rock Band rehearses in G126 at Lakewood campus Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
031114- Photo by Darel James/Viking – Long Beach City College Rock Band rehearses in G126 at Lakewood campus Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

By Brandon RichardsonStaff Writer

Plugged in and turned up, the LBCC Rock and Roll Band tunes up for its upcoming Spring performances.

The Rock and Roll Band is now in its second semester.

Lead singer Renee Davis, 20, a music major, said, “When you play in a big band, you get covered up and it’s hard to hear everyone’s individual parts but with a smaller ensemble it’s a lot more fun and there’s actually more energy. And I think everyone has closer relationships with each other.”

The student musicians have full control of the music they play.

They vote on the songs, construct their own parts if the song does not already accommodate their particular instrument, and practice songs in the order of their choosing based on what they feel they need most.

Viking Show Band Director Roger Przytulski said, “We thought maybe we could add this element into Viking Show Band so that we could showcase some of our more elite musicians in the department. We want it to be very much their band. We’re more like moderators to the group.”

Currently, the band is comprised of musicians and vocalists who have a background in classical or jazz music in the LBCC music department.

Przytulski said, “Although we may eventually open up schoolwide auditions for this band, since it is new, we really just wanted to keep it within the music department.” The group includes an acoustic guitar, a bass guitar, a drummer, an entire horn section and multiple vocalists.

The group is rehearsing songs ranging from artists such as Carrie Underwood to Macklemore.

When talking about live performances, Davis said, “It’s fun. It’s definitely a rush to be in front of so many people and get to sing for them. I mean, half of them appreciate it. It’s rewarding.”

The band is planning a gig at the Long Beach Town Center stage across from the food court, a show in the Nordic Lounge and a performance at pride teen night in Downtown Long Beach.

For more information people may email the Show Band adviser at rprzytulski@lbcc.edu.