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POTSDAM — Clarkson University held its first ever Music Madness event from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Students sat in the Student Center Forum and listened to the jam session that also was presented on the university’s television station, WCKN.

Organizer Daniel E. Dullea, an instructor in the communication and media department at Clarkson, said he let the students in three of his media classes decide what type of event to air on the TV station to practice their media production skills. They created Music Madness.

“This is an opportunity for my students to practice with the cameras, switchboard and other equipment and provides a venue for the bands,” he said. “If we don’t get a huge audience today, then we may get one watching on television or YouTube.”

Mr. Dullea said the event was an experiment to see how well the media production students and band members could work together to produce a show.

He said that since hockey season is over and there might not be much for students to do as the weather continues to be wintry, Music Madness gave them something to do on a Sunday afternoon.

Students wandered into the forum to listen to their fellow students perform genres from rock to pop to pep.

Mr. Dullea joined in by playing a few songs on a guitar and banjo. Three other musical groups and singers performed, including the 12-student band Surprisingly Decent, which includes members of the school’s pep band.

The band’s leader, Colin M. Stutz, a sophomore, said members only have been playing together for just over a month and they all were excited to have an opportunity to perform on stage.

“There aren’t a lot of places for people to play around here, so it’s great that they’re doing this,” Mr. Stutz said. “People seem to think that if you’re serious about your music, you’ll audition at Crane.”

In the future, Mr. Dullea said he hopes they’ll be able to hold the event twice per semester.

“If we could learn a few more songs, we’d love to do this twice a semester,” he said.

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