Lawrence offers a variety of student musical ensembles. Improvisation Group of Lawrence University (IGLU), Lawrence University Wind Ensemble, Lawrence University Trombone Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Jazz Workshop are only a few of the many musical groups on campus, and fifth-year senior, Greyson Sztuczko has played in all five groups. Graduating this Winter Term with a B.A. in Music and a certification in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Sztuczko has a lot to look back on concerning his musical career at Lawrence.
Though he has taken lessons in guitar, trombone and composition, Sztuczko states that the bulk of his musical involvement with the Lawrence community has been extra-curricular.
“I’ve been a part of the Band Booking Committee all five years, serving as the presidents this year and last,” he stated.
For those who are not familiar with this group, the Band Booking Committee (BBC) is a student organization that plans and organizes small-scale programs and events including bands and individual performers. Sztuczko himself is part of two different bands, one of which is on-campus and the other performs off-campus. He describes this as being one of his favorite settings to perform. He also does his own recording.
Another part of Sztuczko’s musical career has come from his commitment and involvement with the Gamma Zeta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at Lawrence. Better known as Sinfonia, the men’s music fraternity has provided him with opportunities to organize musical events. Sztuczko highlighted a favorite: a day of student ensembles at the Building For Kids. In addition, Sinfonia has also volunteered to sing for senior citizens at Manor Care in the Appleton Community.
Just last term, Sztuczko performed at his senior recital, playing all original compositions and arrangements with the guitar, trombone and electronics. For the future, he stated, “I hope to make a career playing my own music, recording myself and others and composing.”
Sztuczko currently works at Guitar Center in Appleton, which he says has been and will continue to “be helpful in personal growth and learning, making connections and helping others make music as well.”