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The RIT Ukulele Club was founded November '12 by several ukulele enthusiasts who have worked diligently to play, compose, and teach ukulele music to musicians of all skill levels. During the year, we can be found playing around campus, rehearsing for a performance, or partaking in other social activities together.

We always welcome new members and other musical groups to network with us! We strongly encourage any interested individual to stop by and meet us. Zero prior experience required to be a part of this club; if you don't know how to play, we'll teach you!

Our general meetings are on Wednesdays from 7-9pm in Eastman 2000. Come say hi!

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Behind the Uke: Jackie Wiley

The advantage of playing the ukulele with the greatest group of people on campus is discovering just how talented each of our members are. When we’re not practicing for shows, we encourage our members to show us what they’ve been working on beyond our usual repertoire. It is a truly inspiring moment watching individual performances that clearly illustrate hard work and passion. For our new blog segment called Behind the Uke, we will feature these performances so that everyone can witness the awesome talents of our members.

For our very first addition of Behind The Uke, we are featuring our current president, Jackie Wiley! Voted in last year, Jackie has done a phenomenal job at keeping our club going strong. From sorting out the technical aspects of running our club to personifying enthusiasm at every meeting, we wouldn’t know where we would be without her. With a very active YouTube channel, she can be seen playing songs from every genre on both the ukulele and guitar. Before checking out her channel, listen to her play Talking Bird by Death Cab for Cutie. To follow along with Jackie, click here!

Do you have a song you would like to hear covered by one of our members? Interested in jamming with our members for the next edition of Behind The Uke? Comment below or join us at any of our meetings held Mondays from 8pm to 10pm in Eastman 2000.

Until next time, keep calm and uke on!

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9 Reasons Why You Need A Ukulele

The ukulele (pronounced yoo-kuh-ley-lee or if you want to say it the Hawaiian way oo-koo-ley-ley) is a small four stringed instrument that has it’s roots in Hawaiian culture and a special place in the hearts of our members and ukers alike. Here are just some of the many reasons why you should pick one up today:

1.It’s fun and easy to play.

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2.You can play the cliche happy songs…

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3.deep songs…

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4.hardcore songs (but be careful not to break the strings!)…

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5.or…um…

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6. It’s affordable!

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7. You can play with your pet…

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8. but it would be better playing with your human friends.

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9. Most importantly, the instrument can make anyone happy.

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Visit your local music shop or simply shop online to find the ukulele that’s right for you. Have questions on certain types of ukuleles, need help finding one, or simply want opinions on certain brands? Leave your questions in the comment box below!

We would like to say a very huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated to our club on ROAR day here at RIT. The donations made to the club gives us the opportunity to continue spreading awareness and cheer throughout campus and beyond. We cannot express how grateful we are!

Until next time, keep calm and uke on!

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Ukuleles Take Over Fringe Fest

September 27th 2014 was a good time to be in Downtown Rochester with a fun filled day of musical performances which included our very own show! This performance marks our second appearance at Rochester’s Fringe Festival with hopes of many more in the future.

To begin our exciting Fringe Fest week, we had the opportunity to star on Fox Rochester’s morning show where we gave a sneak peak at what was to come at Fringe Fest. We cannot thank Fox enough for thinking of us! It was impressive what we could accomplish at 6 in the morning. Props to everyone involved in making this happen and our club members for their upbeat spirit on and off the camera.

The sun couldn’t have been shining any brighter when it came time to show day. After raiding Bernunzio’s Uptown Music and getting a slice at Stromboli’s (both of which you need to check out!), the club headed to the Little Theater to see one of the shows we most anticipated, The Destler and Johnson Show. We could listen to Destler play for hours (really Destler, please have your own concert) but before we knew it, it was our time to perform. We all gathered on stage ready to sing our hearts out to the best crowd that filled the Little Theater. Our set included:

Young Volcanoes by Fall Out Boy
Colors by April Smith
Riptide by Vance Joy
Pillow Talks by Wild Child
Little Talks by Monsters and Men (Performed by Brennan and Delanie)
Falling Slowly by (Performed by Sarah and Fafa)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Beatles (Performed by Changbai)
House of Gold by Twenty One Pilots
You and I by Ingrid Michaelson
If you missed our show, fear not! Click the links to view our entire set. Thank you to Kelsie Redburn for filming us!

After the show, some of us headed back to Bernunzio’s to see The Rochester Ukulele Orchestra play a set that had everyone in the room blown away. I’ve never seen such enthusiasm over the ukulele that day. I am proud to have the opportunity to be part of this ever growing community that cherishes the instrument for it’s beautiful sound and mysterious ways of making anyone who hears it happy.

Did you see us perform at Fringe Fest? What did you think? If you have any suggestions on songs you would love for us to play or feedback on the performance, just let us know in the comment section below.

Until next time, keep calm and uke on!

RIT has a ukulele club?!

There’s nothing more exciting than experiencing the stunned confusion of a friend who questions the existence of the club. Being relatively new (our 2nd birthday is coming up soon!), we are always delighted to introduce our club to anyone who will listen. In response to our need to spread the word, we decided to create a place where you can find everything you need to know about the club and more. Without further ado, welcome to the official blog of The RIT Ukulele Club!

Following this blog means you will gain insight to our performances, objectives, members and of course, the ukulele. I will take you backstage to our major performances such as our upcoming show at Rochester’s Fringe Festival, give some tips on how to successfully nail that pesky tab you’ve been trying to learn and much more. Along with the blog, you can follow our journey on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. We have a ton of events planned for the year that you do not want to miss!

This club is as unique as RIT itself. If you’re interested in learning how to play the ukulele, seeking a group to jam with, or just want to hang out make sure to join us at our meetings held every Monday from 8 to 10pm in Eastman 2000. We are always seeking new members!

The first time I heard about the club was at the big club fair during my freshman year. With a table adorned with ukuleles and the most upbeat people on campus, I knew I had to join. I have to admit, with little skill and a cheap ukulele I was nervous when it came time for the first meeting. Now as I play alongside some of the coolest people I know, I can say joining the club was the best decision I have ever made. When did you first hear about our club? We’d love to here your thoughts! Comment below!

Until next time, keep calm and uke on!