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Student Spotlight

Luke Klotz
Will Grandbois / Post Independent |

Guitar Concert

The Roaring Fork High School guitar class, under the direction of Shanti Gruber and Mean Ol’ Mr. Gray, will present a Winter Coffee House concert on Tuesday, January 12th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Roaring Fork High School. Admission is free and the public is invited.

Roaring Fork High School senior Luke Klotz wasn’t one of those people born with an instrument in hand. Instead, he’s a relative newcomer to the guitar, but that doesn’t make him any less enthusiastic. In fact, it just inspires him to work even harder.

Klotz, also an enthusiastic skier and student council member, took time out of his busy schedule to talk to the Post Independent about finding creative outlets.

Post Independent: How did you get into the guitar?

Luke Klotz: My dad had a guitar, but I didn’t learn much until I took guitar with Mr. Gray last year. Now I’m playing a bunch.

I’ve also started listening to more music with guitar in it. I used to be just into electronic music, now I’m listening to jazz and blues, too. After a while a lot of electronic music gets repetitive, although sometimes they’re doing things that are humanly impossible to create otherwise.

The blues has a human feel to it — more of a connection. The jazz is super complex, and there’s a lot going on.

PI: What kind of guitar do you play?

LK: A Zephyr Blues Deluxe. It’s a hollowbody with a super warm, clean sound. I went to Glenwood Music and looked around, and it was the first one I played. I played all the others, and they weren’t even close. Christmas rolled around, and I ended up getting that guitar.

PI: Have you had the chance to perform in public before?

LK: A few times. Last Monday I finally made it to a jazz jam at the Hotel Colorado, and it was a ton of fun.

PI: Do you have any other creative interests?

LK: I really like art. I didn’t take it freshman year, because I hadn’t liked it much before. Then I saw what all the other kids were doing and how cool it was.

I used to be into photography, but I sort of lost the inspiration. Now I’m getting into oil painting, particularly portraits.

PI: Is there anything else you’d like to explore?

LK: If I like something, I usually just do it. I’d like to do some classical guitar, because I don’t really know much about it. I’m really inspired to learn right now.

Music isn’t something you get bored of. Everybody likes music.

PI: What’s next after high school?

LK: I’m still not sure.

I applied to Fort Lewis, because I’d like to do jazz studies or something, but I don’t want to be in a lot of debt.

If I can’t get some scholarships, I might go to trade school. Then I could have enough money to focus on music.

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