As the Music Department increases its offerings within the classroom, the program continues to find outside support from the Georgetown Entertainment Media Alliance (GEMA). Founded by Gemstar-TV Guide CEO Rich Battista, GEMA acts as a network for GU alums involved in the entertainment industry, sporting contacts from ABC, AOL, DreamWorks and other mainstream conglomerates.
On March 22, 2002, several members of the GU Orchestra gathered together in the main hall of the Leavey Center to protest the inadequacies of Georgetown’s music program. As part of a larger effort to garner support for GU music, the sit-in functioned as a way for students to cite the space problems of the department and obtain signatures for a petition to President DeGoia. Instead of wielding picket-signs and yelping raucous chants, however, the quartet opted to perform selected pieces of Mozart for students and faculty passing through the building.
Generally speaking, starting a band in college does not involve much of a hassle. Given spare time, money and energy, virtually anyone can pick up an instrument, gather a few friends together and have a jam session. However, for Danny Murphy (COL ’09), Sean Croft (SFS ’09) and a handful of other musicians on campus, the logistics of maintaining a band at Georgetown have proven to be more complicated.
“An album is only a snapshot of where a band is at a particular moment,” Nick Harmer, bassist for Death Cab for Cutie, said in anticipation of the band’s show at DAR Constitution Hall on Monday, Nov. 6. “The next time we make a record, we’ll be in completely different spaces.”