Five brothers, two sisters and a passion for music. That describes the Hunts, who will make their William Woods University appearance at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Cutlip Auditorium. The Hunts are a Chesapeake, Virginia-based band of seven brothers and sisters who’ve been playing music together almost their entire lives.
Campus Activities Board, the official programming board, brings the Hunts to campus. CAB provides diverse events throughout the year, including comedians, hypnotists and speakers. Shannon Garcia, graduate assistant for the Center of Student Involvement, is the CAB adviser.
“The Hunts will be playing in Cutlip Auditorium so we wanted to encourage members of the community, including Westminster students, to attend and enjoy the atmosphere,” said Garcia.
The Hunts, whose ages range from 16 to 24, are on a national tour. Twin sisters Jenni and Jessi and their five brothers, Josh, Jonathan, Jordan, Justin and Jamison, spent their childhood performing in their community.
All of the siblings can play the violin, and various members have also learned to play mandolin, piano, ukulele, banjo and drums.
The Hunts experimented with songwriting and were able to bring their memories to life in a different way. They note that it can be a struggle to get all seven to agree on every word and lyric but they remain collaborative.
Their music is considered alternative folk music. Cherrytree Records/Interscope produces their extended play, titled, “Life Was Simple.”
“While looking for a large-scale event to bring for the fall semester, our office came across the Hunts. We work closely with several entertainment agencies and when we learned about the Hunts we thought they would connect well with our student body,” said Garcia.
“Life Was Simple” is a three-track extended play that features, “Make This Leap,” “Lifting the Sea” and “Remember Us.” The songs are filled with harmony and acoustic instruments and are said to be reminiscent of the siblings’ youthful memories.
According to the Hunts, “These songs share parts of our lives, harkening to those days when we were young and full of imagination, those moments we dreamed to see the great world around us, and the times when life was simple.”
“The students and community will be able to enjoy a rising artist,” said Garcia. “The Hunts are a young band but just recently released an EP and are on the move with a national tour. I believe it is nice for students to see people of their age becoming successful in their passion.”
“I love when CAB puts on events because I find them to be a lot more entertaining than listening to a speaker,” said senior Samantha Russell. “My favorite CAB event is the movie on the lawn.”
Junior Emily Rogers said, “I love going to CAB events because they are always interesting and cover a wide variety of topics. I am interested to see the Hunts.”