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Rock and Roll Here to Stay, With Help of The Loops

Juniors Create Band to Build Closer Bond

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Rock and Roll Here to Stay, With Help of The Loops

Jamming out, The Loops rehearse music by Nirvana before learning new songs. “I wanted to create a band because I wanted an outlet for my friends and me to continue to grow musically and to build the bond we have,” junior Luke Ferguson said. “I love playing with the band because at that moment nothing else matters besides the song. You can really set aside worries and anxieties and just focus on making music.”

Jamming out, The Loops rehearse music by Nirvana before learning new songs. “I wanted to create a band because I wanted an outlet for my friends and me to continue to grow musically and to build the bond we have,” junior Luke Ferguson said. “I love playing with the band because at that moment nothing else matters besides the song. You can really set aside worries and anxieties and just focus on making music.”

Mathew Minor

Jamming out, The Loops rehearse music by Nirvana before learning new songs. “I wanted to create a band because I wanted an outlet for my friends and me to continue to grow musically and to build the bond we have,” junior Luke Ferguson said. “I love playing with the band because at that moment nothing else matters besides the song. You can really set aside worries and anxieties and just focus on making music.”

Mathew Minor

Mathew Minor

Jamming out, The Loops rehearse music by Nirvana before learning new songs. “I wanted to create a band because I wanted an outlet for my friends and me to continue to grow musically and to build the bond we have,” junior Luke Ferguson said. “I love playing with the band because at that moment nothing else matters besides the song. You can really set aside worries and anxieties and just focus on making music.”

By Addy Bates, Cedar Park High School

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With the inspiration from famous bands such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd and even Van Halen, a local band formed by four juniors hopes to make their dreams of being successful musicians become a reality.

The Loops, consisting of singer and lead guitarist Luke Ferguson, singer and bassist Jonathan Khadivi, drummer Will Schroeder and manager Mathew Minor, formed in order to create closer bonds with each other and to showcase their love and talent for music, according to Ferguson.

“I wanted to create a band because I wanted an outlet for my friends and me to continue to grow musically and to build the bond we have,” Ferguson said. “I love playing with the band because at that moment nothing else matters besides the song. You can really set aside worries and anxieties and just focus on making music.”

During the winter of 2018, the idea that a group of high school boys could form a band was a new endeavor for the members. Even though some of them are still learning the art of playing instruments, like Minor and Schroeder, the band has been progressing recently, Khadivi said.

“One day when I was hanging with Luke, Minor and Will, one of us had a random idea and said we should make a band because we were all musically inclined and thought it would be a fun experience,” Khadivi said. “With all of us together, we’ve just begun to snowball and grow and hopefully over the summer we will be able to become exponentially better and hopefully start performing around the Austin or Cedar Park area.”

The band performs music ranging from the classic rock era of the 1960s-1980s and even alternative and blues rock. Khadivi and Ferguson said that they credit their style to artists, as well as family members such as Ferguson’s father, who also plays guitar and bass.

“A big influence was my dad, he was the one that got me into guitar and music and he really gave some me good idols like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Van Halen and others,” Ferguson said.

Recently, the band has been experimenting with different artists. Khadivi said that they eventually hope to dive into more difficult styles in the future to better their playing abilities.

“We’ve definitely explored different artists in the genre of rock mostly,” Khadivi said. “Some songs we’ve played are ‘Come As You Are’ and ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana, ‘Johnny B. Goode’ by Chuck Berry and ‘Heartbreaker’ by Pat Benatar. Hopefully we can move to more difficult songs by Pink Floyd and Queen as we grow better together.”

The band is currently working on new songs, and Ferguson said that he hopes to improve their producing skills. For now, the band is focusing on finding their sound in order to play for audiences in the future.

“I would love for the band to become a hit and blow up overnight, but if I’m being realistic I’d love to play gigs and get to the point where we really make an impact on the school and community,” Ferguson said.

This story was originally published on Wolfpack on March 29, 2019.

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