Meet the six high school students who are members of the 2016-2017 Stanbridge Academy DJ Club.
“I like DJ Club because it’s fun to hang out with other people who are interested in music,” said DJ Frogger, a high school senior. “We learn how to use the equipment and how to get people moving on the dancefloor.”
DJ Club sponsor Dave Hopper says teaching his members how to use the Serato DJ system and what music is danceable are just two of the objectives of DJ Club.
“Club members also learn how to mix music, create a set-list, and match beats,” said Dave. “One of the most important things they learn is how to DJ on the fly and manage the process—and stress—of taking live requests. This sort of activity takes a lot of executive functioning skills.”
Managing live requests was one of the things the DJ Club had to master before they were ready to perform at Stanbridge’s high school dances. The club first “turned pancakes” at the Valentine’s Dance in 2016.
“There was some trepidation asking the DJ Club to handle the dances for a variety of reasons. Some were worried they'd be overwhelmed or might gear the music towards their personal preferences instead of what works best for the event,” said Stanbridge Parent Association (SPA) President Melissa Biderman. “The DJ Club handled the event like professionals and did a great job. Many parents reported that they enjoyed the DJing from the DJ Club more than the hired professional Stanbridge has used in the years past.”
The DJ Club was so well-liked, they were asked to DJ at all of the 2016-2017 dances including prom.
“They did such an amazing job!” said Melissa. “Since then, we've opted to use the DJ Club for all the dances, and it has been a resounding success.”
DJ Club was the brainchild of Stanbridge Alumnus Daniel Kufer (Class of 2016).
“We noticed that the hired DJ seemed to reject anything that wasn't Top 40 or a well-known classic, and it was becoming a problem,” said Daniel. “I had the idea of a creating a school-owned music library and then David Hopper thought of doing a DJ Club.”
Dave says he knew the club would be a success from the moment Daniel approached him.
“Stanbridge kids love music and have really eclectic taste,” said Dave. “I knew this club would not only be an opportunity for them to learn about music beyond just their own, but to learn employable skills they can use outside of school.”
Want to be a Stanbridge DJ? Join the club for practice Monday afternoons during Resource. Contact David Hopper to learn more about Stanbridge’s music program.