“Music means life,” said senior Aaron Evans, waxing philosophical. “Idiot!” senior Malik Temple said, hit his forehead, and laughed. Sophomore Phil Glover began to play a slow beat on the drums as freshman Timothy Jones stepped up to the keyboard. Evans continued: “Music starts off in the skies and comes down to the earth.”
Music also means a trip to London.
London Bound is an independent music group made up of six ONU music students: Temple on the drums, Evans on the Trumpet, Phil also on the drums and his brother senior Sam Glover on the bass guitar, junior Daniel Kwon also on the bass, and Jones on the keyboard.
Some of the band members sing, but they usually “invited vocalists when they are available” to join them, Phil said.
In September of last semester, the group was formed in an effort to raise money for its members to make to the New Year’s Parade in London with ONU’s Marching and Jazz bands.
London Bound was formed at the suggestion of Dr. Matthew Stratton. “Legit, it happened right after jazz band rehearsal,” Jones said.
The gigs alone did not pay for the music groups’ trip to London, but “they did catch the attention of the right people to pay for it,” Jones said.
Now, the band continues to play to pay for the band members’ college costs. They began by playing at ONU’s Pancake Feed last semester and continue to do gigs at churches, school events or in Common Grounds. With the help of ONU graduate Amy Bolton, the group is playing at the Chicago History Museum on May 26. Playing-wise, the group does not yet have any original music, but they have “some dope music coming,”
Right now, the group plays multiple genres. For jazz, they favor artists like “Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and some current [artists] too, like Adele and Bruno Mars,” Sam said.
Most of the band members got introduced to music through church.
Jones’ first two music influences were gospel musicians in his church.
“For 10 years, I’ve been influenced by different musicians,” Jones said. “God is opening doors and giving me teachers who have encouraged me.”
Every Sunday, Phil would play the beat to each worship song on his chair. “He’s been playing for his entire life,” Sam said. “I like to play and use my [talent] to give back to Jesus,” Phil said.
Sam didn’t start playing music until Phil started. He was heavily influenced by his dad’s involvement in the gospel groups at his church, and the competitions they participated in.
“Both Phil and Sam were self- taught until college,” Sam said. “We found ways to do it on our own.”
Kwon has always been around music. Growing up, he took lessons for piano, flute, violin, and guitar.
“In a way, music saved me,” Kwon said. “All the knowledge in the world didn’t matter. The way music spoke to me was how I understood God.”
Evans watched his sister play in a band before him. As he came of age, he played in the same band as his sister and chose the trumpet over the saxophone, drums, and guitar.
“Listening to smooth jazz helps me to clear my mind,” Evans said. ”It’s an escape where the world slows down.”
Temple would play a beat on “everything…counter, car seat, table.”
“It’s how I meet people,” Temple said. “It’s a universal language that speaks across cultures. It brought me to college from Maryland.”
—Nathan DiCamillo, Life and Culture Editor