HRH House Band sounds very good

The McLeod River Post - - Education Matters - Spe­cial to the Post

If you were to walk down the halls of Holy Redeemer on any af­ter­noon, you will prob­a­bly hear some very beau­ti­ful voices com­bined with some amaz­ing in­stru­men­tal play. All of this beau­ti­ful mu­sic is thanks to the new­est ex­tracur­ric­u­lar pro­gram at HRH, the House Band.

The Band was or­ga­nized by Mu­sic Teacher Alex Giovos at the be­gin­ning of this school year. Al­though Giovos is the head su­per­vi­sor and or­ga­nizer, the Band is co-man­aged by the mu­si­cians them­selves.

“We wanted to have an in­clu­sive pro­gram where we ac­cept ev­ery­one with a va­ri­ety of mu­si­cal ta­lents,”says Giovos. “But the big­gest part of it was to give the stu­dents the power to run it. By do­ing this it al­lows the stu­dents to demon­strate their lead­er­ship abil­i­ties not only while play­ing, but dur­ing the whole re­hearsal and man­age­ment process as well.”Giovos also said that it is im­por­tant that mu­si­cians un­der­stand all as­pects of the fine arts in­dus­try.

The House Band is made up of grade 12 stu­dents Ka­tia Davi-Digui (pi­ano), Jonathon Hawke (drums), Cas­san­dra Kush­niruk (vo­cals), Emma Lau­rin (Sound Tech­ni­cian), Dustin Sibley (gui­tar/bass) and grade 11 stu­dent Devin Sibley (gui­tar).

The Band has a great reper­toire of mu­sic from clas­sic rock to con­tem­po­rary pop. Dur­ing their 60-minute set the mu­sic ebbs and flows from clas­sic rock riffs and pi­ano so­los, to gen­tle acous­tic bal­lads. Au­di­ence mem­bers are usu­ally blown away by the ex­cel­lent in­stru­men­tal skill of the stu­dents as they cover Me­tal­lica clas­sics and are equally im­pressed by the ex­pres­sive beauty in Cassie Kush­niruk’s voice.

Thus far, the Band has al­ready de­liv­ered mul­ti­ple per­for­mances this year such as at the Ro­tary Sun­days in the Park in July and at Park­land Lodge on De­cem­ber 1st and 7th. The Band is al­ready book­ing per­for­mances into 2017.

“It’s so great to see th­ese stu­dents show­case their mu­si­cal abil­i­ties through­out the com­mu­nity,” says Giovos.“Hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity per­form in front of a live au­di­ence also helps to build their self­con­fi­dence as a huge part of be­ing a mu­si­cian is life per­for­mance.”

The Mu­sic Pro­gram at Holy Redeemer played a large part in pro­vid­ing the stu­dents the time and space they re­quire to per­fect their sound. The band prac­tices to­gether eighty min­utes a day in the school’s mu­sic room. The room is equipped with a full set of rock band in­stru­ments so the stu­dents can fo­cus en­tirely on mak­ing mu­sic.

Soon the Band will also be record­ing their songs, since the mu­sic room is also equipped with a full set of record­ing equip­ment that was ex­pertly set up by Greg Tem­ple­ton at Hori­son Mu­sic and Art.

The stu­dents’ com­mit­ment to daily prac­tice en­sures that they are al­most al­ways avail­able to be hired, even for short-no­tice per­for­mances. Along with the band’s paid per­for­mances, they are com­mit­ted to giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity and vol­un­tar­ily per­form monthly for the long-term care pa­tients at the hospi­tal and Park­land Lodge.

Mem­bers of the public want­ing to hear the Band in ac­tion don’t have to wait long as their next per­for­mances in­clude the SCOPE Marathon char­ity event in Jan­uary and a con­cert at the Red Brick Arts Cen­tre on Fe­bru­ary 24.

Any­one in­ter­ested in book­ing the Band can con­tact Giovos at 780-723-7437 or alex.giovos@liv­ing­wa­ters.ab.ca, or any of the mu­si­cians di­rectly.

Sub­mit­ted to The McLeod River Post

The Holy Redeemer House Band takes a brief break dur­ing their set while play­ing at Park­land Lodge on De­cem­ber 7th. The Band, which was formed at the be­gin­ning of the school year, has been play­ing at nu­mer­ous events through­out the com­mu­nity. Any­one wish­ing to book the band, can con­tact Mu­sic Teacher Alex Giovos at the school. The House is com­prised of Katie Davi-Digui (pi­ano), Jonathon Hawke (drums), Cas­san­dra Kush­niruk (vo­cals), Emma Lau­rin (Sound Tech­ni­cian), Devin Sibley (gui­tar) and Dustin Sibley (gui­tar/ bass).

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