I’m with the band Riverview Col­le­giate stu­dents take to the stage for first pub­lic per­for­mance

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - MUSIC - SARAH LADIK

and learn­ing how to mar­ket them­selves.

“It opens you up to a lot more things, not just the mu­sic, but the mu­sic in­dus­try,” said Jesse Fell­ner, who plays bass. “If you want to make your own band, you’re not just go­ing to play mu­sic, you have to do other things.”

For rock band teacher James Irv­ing, it’s all part of the process. The stu­dents are in­volved in ev­ery­thing from pick­ing songs to get­ting peo­ple out to the show. He has been in a band for 20 years him­self and was teach­ing in Este­van when he learned about the pro­gram at Riverview.

“It’s unique. There’s hardly any rock band pro­grams in Saskatchewan that I’ve heard of,” Irv­ing said. “It’s stu­dents that really en­joy mu­sic, but in a rock and roll set­ting, and I think that’s cool.”

Ev­i­dently, so do the stu­dents. Rel­a­tive new­comer to the class Zak Hub­bard said he was drawn to rock band in part be­cause of the mu­sic he would be per­form­ing.

“You don’t hear any­body lis­ten­ing to Mozart any­more, just rock­ing out with their head­phones on,” he said. “Rock band, it’s eas­ier to con­nect to the mu­sic you’re singing and you’re pas­sion­ate about it, so you per­form bet­ter.”

Check out The Ex­po­nen­tials Dec. 9 at the Moose Jaw Pub­lic Li­brary Theatre.

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