BATH TOWNSHIP — If you know Max Razinger, you’ve probably met his guitar. The two aren’t usually far apart.
“When I’m at home and my homework gets stressful, I just pull out my guitar,” the Bath High School senior said. “So, I am playing all the time.”
Along with the guitar, Razinger also plays percussion. He plays one or the other in the school’s marching, jazz, symphonic and pep bands. He’s also played in the pit for school musicals.
Razinger is senior band president and percussion section leader. He’s a five-time winner of the school’s Brittany Farsht Award, and has scored the highest possible at district competitions.
Outside school, Razinger plays guitar in The Project, a cover band of five that started playing together about a year ago. He and his bandmates, Jordan Murphy, Cody Cobb, Colby Otten and Shane Arnett, have played around the region.
“We have a lot of fun with it,” he said. “It’s a way for me to work on my performance skills.”
Learning eight songs in two days, the band has continued to evolve, now playing from a list of 35. The Project is a fitting name for the group, Razinger said.
“The thing about a project is it is never really done,” he said. “We are always playing new things.”
Razinger took a year of guitar lessons in the fifth grade and from there taught the rest to himself. He loved the instrument from the first time he sat down with it.
“It is a creative output for me,” said Razinger, who is now working on his singing. “It is calming for me to play music. I love it more than anything else.”
Music runs in Razinger’s family. His dad played the drums and has “the same love” of music as Razinger does.
Razinger maintains a 3.4 grade-point average and has a full schedule of honors and advanced-placement classes. He’s in his second year of a music theory class.
He would like to major in music performance at The Ohio State University next year. He’s also interested in pharmacy, glad to have a back-up plan if it doesn’t work out in the music business. Regardless, Razinger will never stop playing.
“I would never want to give up music,” he said. “No matter what, I would love to still play in a band.”