Bang On

Coast Cap­i­tal Sav­ings CMO Lawrie Fer­gu­son drums up en­thu­si­asm

BC Business Magazine - - Quality Time - By Felic­ity Stone

“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

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