Saturday, October 12, 2013

Student Organizations: The ASL Jug Band (aka Grun D MC)

The Appalachian School of Law Jug Band

ASL has its very own house band that plays at Heritage Hall, the local nursing home, at least once a month. This community service opportunity brightens the lives of band members, the nursing home's patients, and its staff.  The performance provides a much anticipated and appreciated social event for the residents, many of whom are wheel-chair bound, frail, or suffering with mental disabilities. 

The band also provides entertainment at law school events, including the annual pig roast, the BLSA Apollo Night, and "Jugs Over Grundy."  It also appears at local venues like the Serendipity Cafe (The Dip).

Help Needed!

The Jug Band experienced almost a 100 percent turnover in personnel after the graduation of the 2013 class.  Accordingly, it needs new members who sing, play an instrument (any kind), would like to learn an instrument (the band has quite a selection of percussion items), or would otherwise help them "put a smile on the faces of people who may very well hardly ever get visitors". 

They are particularly interested in:
  • Lead guitar
  • Rhythm guitar
  • Banjo
  • Mandolin
  • Violin/fiddle
  • Bass
  • Wash-tub base
  • Wash board
  • Jug
  • Kazoo
  • Percussion
  • Drums
  • Piano
  • Claves
  • Slide whistle
  • Lead vocalist, and
  • Choir members.

To join the band or to get more information, contact Lauren Shadrick at or Amanda Coop at

Prior House Bands at the Appalachian School of Law

ASL has had a number of house bands, including a jazz combo and the original service band, The Law Revue.

The Law Review sold copies of their original songs, as a CD, for $10 each. All of the money raised from CD sales went into a fund to help a struggling or deserving ASL student.

I especially like the cut -- reflecting student frustration when I was an inexperienced law professor -- entitled: The ADR Blues.  ;-)

Sam Weddington -- for whom one of our service awards is named -- appears front and center in this photo.  He died from cancer only a few years after graduating from law school.  We all miss his generous energy, loving heart, and playful mind.  He also knew a reliable source of high-quality moonshine. We miss that connection almost as much as we miss him.  

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