A lot of people in the community like to play guitar or would like to learn how. A new guitar club could be just the thing for them.



The club will begin Feb. 2 at the First Christian Church, and will meet from 7 to  8 p.m. every Monday.

A lot of people in the community like to play guitar or would like to learn how. A new guitar club could be just the thing for them.

The club will begin Feb. 2 at the First Christian Church, and will meet from 7 to  8 p.m. every Monday.

Travis McKee, First Christian minister of youth and young adults, is starting the group, but emphasized that it will be open to all interested persons, not just church members.

“I’ve been putting out signs all over town about the club, inviting people to check it out,” he said. “The club will meet at the church, but it’s not necessarily a church event.”

McKee said he got the idea for the club because many church youth play guitar.

“They bring their guitars every Wednesday and just hang out and play for a while,” he said. “I thought, why just then? Why not expand this a little more?”

He plans a beginning group for those who want to learn how to play guitar, but several experienced musicians have also expressed an interest in attending and are open to sharing their expertise. 

“That’s how a lot of musicians learn, not necessarily from one person teaching lessons but from each other,” McKee said. “They can learn from the collective wisdom in the room. If they want to devote a session to chording or scales, we can do that.”

He has been playing guitar around nine years now.

“I picked up playing right as I finished high school and started college,” McKee said. “I got a guitar from a friend, and started playing whenever I could.”

He was a college music major, though not in guitar, and had a traveling music ministry for a year.
“Now I play some here at the church, and at the open mic night from 8 to 10 p.m. every Thursday at Wheat State Pizza,” McKee said.

The open mic nights were started by the Rev. Kevin Arensman, First Christian pastor, who also enjoys playing guitar. They are open to all musicians wishing to participate, and spectators are welcome. McKee said that guitar club members will also be welcome to come.

“There are not a lot of opportunities musically for people to get together, play and have a good time,” he said.

McKee has five guitars and a bass of  his own.

“I really only use about three of them,” he said. “One is an old acoustic guitar that mainly hangs on the wall, and I have a small electric guitar that came out of a Mexican church that met in the basement of my grandmother’s church. When that church left, the guitar was left behind and my grandmother told me I might as well use it. I did, until I got a new electric guitar.”

Those attending the club are encouraged to bring their own guitars, but those who don’t are welcome to use one of McKee’s.

“They’re available for people who just want to try out playing a guitar before they commit themselves financially and buy one,” he said.

Anyone needing additional information about the club may contact McKee at the church, 231-1430.