Coast Capital Savings CMO Lawrie Ferguson drums up enthusiasm
“We basically play at places where people have no choice but to hear us,” Lawrie Ferguson declares cheerfully about her band, Couldn’t Sleep (more about the name later). “So, little parties and stuff.” Their biggest audience so far was at a birthday celebration with about 60 guests. Last summer the group put on a backyard concert from the lower deck of Ferguson’s New Westminster home while friends and neighbours watched from the lawn or their own yards. Ferguson is planning a repeat performance this year. “No one has complained so far,” she says. “We don’t go that late because we’re really old ourselves.”
Ferguson, 54, isn’t shy about appearing before an audience. The Tina Fey fan has taken a standup comedy course, performed locally a couple of times and likes to incorporate humour into work events. Growing up in Salmon Arm, she was a drummer in Vernon’s Macintosh Girls’ Pipe Band. But she only picked up the sticks again when her father, an accomplished snare drummer who played with many bands and taught drumming as well, developed advanced dementia.
“Alzheimer’s patients really respond to music even though a lot of their other faculties aren’t quite there,” she explains. “I would go up, and we would have little drum pads, and he