Out of Town Music Day for Road Trip bands

30/04/2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm –

Student bands on guitar, keyboard, drums and vocals perform live before USA trip.

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Date(s) - 30/04/2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Fionn MacCool's Pub


Join us Sunday, April 30 as bands on our Sixth International Road Trip prepare for their next adventure! Fionn MacCool’s at Dundas and Trafalgar in Oakville host our ensembles, starting at 2:00PM. The students will perform instrumental and vocal selections as a tune up show for their road trip to Buffalo, New York the following weekend. “The good folks at Fionn MacCool’s have been supporters of our program and we’re pleased to send our music students from Milton and Campbellville to their stage before we cross the border,” says ensemble leader Jon O’Neill. “We won’t have any time restraints on this day, so the players will have a chance to stretch and play all their songs.”┬áThe bands comprise of guitar, keyboard, drums and electric guitar and vocals.

The Buffalo itinerary includes performances at the National Guitar Museum and Canalside.

Rick Imus Music Studio has a tradition of doing warmup shows before their international road trips. Prior to their first venture to Cleveland in 2012, bands performed in 30C heat at a Guelph Royals Intercounty League baseball game. “Our guitars took quite a hit that day,” said guitar teacher Matt Rosic. Last year, the drums were center stage at the Milton Fairgrounds in preparation for Chicago. “Those fills were key features to our recording at Chess Records,” recalls audio engineer Ryan Prasad.

The award-winning music program plans to return to the Main Stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 2018. The Buffalo excursion will put the music school’s cumulative mileage over the 5,000 mark. Director Rick Imus has noted that a tour bus has never been necessary. “It’s just as much a thrill for the parents to walk into Electric Lady Studios in New York City or Sun Studio in Memphis as it is for the students,” he says. “Parents drive or fly their own kids and we’ve noticed even fellow teachers travel with their bands.”