Unlike other campus groups that focus on worship leadership or classical music, AUthenticity also performs commercial music: everything from R&B, soul, classic rock, and pop songs from the 1950s to today, to jazz, bluegrass, traditional hymns, and contemporary Christian music. AUthenticity members also act as university ambassadors, as they share their experiences as students.
Specialty Groups, Instrumentation, and Rehearsals
The seven students currently selected for AUthenticity practice twice a week for 90 minutes each day. The ensemble can subdivide into three or more smaller groups, according to performance requests. These sub-groups include Solid Gold (rock, funk, and pop), Gold Rush (bluegrass), and Liquid Gold (contemporary jazz).
Some band members are singers, while others play guitar, drums, keyboard, synthesizer, mandolin, saxophone, and Dobro. Roles can shift, according to interests and needs. For example, these multi-talented musicians can play various instruments, depending on the performance or worship request.
From Festivals to the South Carolina State House
The schedule for AUthenticity’s performances varies each year. The group has performed at a legislative luncheon at the South Carolina State House, Baptist association meetings, the Anderson Motor Speedway, as well as corporate functions, festivals, parades, schools, and churches. AUthenticity is the most requested group to perform at Ram Cat Alley in Seneca, South Carolina, during its weekly Jazz on The Alley series. The group is also invited to open for famous beach bands, such as The Catalinas and The Tams . AUthenticity performed when executives from Apple presented AU with its Apple Distinguished School award.
“It’s great to be able to go out and play so many places,” an AUthenticity guitarist said. “I’ve learned how to show up at a gig and what to do to make people want to hire me for more gigs—how to be a good working musician.”