By Gracean Ratliff '23
On Christmas of 2020, Evie Eagan ‘25 was ecstatic
to find under her Christmas tree a beautiful
“When I saw it, I was so happy because I had seen it in the shops and I loved the color,” Eagan
said. “I really wanted it and it made me so happy.”
Her current guitar, an indigo Squire electric guitar, was not her first rodeo with the strings.
She has been playing on an acoustic guitar since
she was 6.
“I got my first acoustic guitar in 2013 and it was given to me because I wanted to learn how to play.”
By the looks of her, one wouldn’t immediately think she would be so talented at the guitar. One would especially not guess that her favorite music to play and listen to is ‘80s rock and roll. She enjoys listening to Bon Jovi, Metallica, Guns N Roses and Aero Smith.
“I have always loved listening to the [‘80s rock] solos and the songs, and I love the way they sound,” Eagan said. “When people find out the kind of music I like to play, they look at me and don’t think that would be the music I’m into,” Eagan said.
When she was younger and was eager to learn how to play, she started taking lessons with a very talented guitarist, Kris Hale, and attends his music school. Her dad knows how to play the guitar as well.
At her previous school, her music class got together a band, and she was able to play in many of the festivals they held, including one time at the Strawberry Festival, where they performed the song, Rio.
She spends most of her nights performing in her basement for her dogs.
“When I feed my dogs at night, they take a long time to eat,” she said, “so my guitar is in the room that they eat in and so I just play on my guitar for a while and I turn up the volume on my amp a lot.”
She has now joined Dr. Naginey and Dr. Koss in the new Guitar Club, and gets to blow people
away when she takes her first strums at the guitar.
Now that something is included into activity block that she is passionate about and knows a lot
about, she gets to bring that passion to school and share it with her classmates.
“Evie was really the one who got the Guitar Club started this year. She was the one who came to me and asked me to do it,” Dr. Naginey said, “She’s been really helpful with picking songs and teaching other people in the club how to play the basics. Plus she’s really really good at guitar so it’s been fun to play with her.”
Eagan’s future goals include a career developing her guitar talents. She plans on starting a band and to share her talents with a whole crowd watching.
“I want to have a band in the future” Eagan said, “One where we’re not super big, but people know us by name.”
Eagan lives for the reaction of people after hearing her play and keeps that as a fuel for pursuing guitar in the future.
“When you finish a song, the way the people look and how happy the people are, that is my