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