Showcase Band student is most at home on stage

January 11, 2019 | Arts & Culture

I don't think I've ever been shy on stage, which is funny because in my day-to-day life I can be. My shyness stems from early childhood. I was often sick due to an autoimmune disease and I missed out on a lot of social interactions. On stage is where I feel most at home. That’s the place where I can shut off my brain and have the time of my life. I don’t have a care in the world and I'm doing exactly what I love. I'm not thinking about the next assignment or what I have to do tomorrow. Most often I forget what happened on stage by the time I'm off because it was such a whirlwind of adrenaline. I get this feeling of being entirely free and relaxed when I'm performing. It’s where I find my voice.

The calibre of music that comes out of the Showcase Band is incredible and something that is worth your time to see and hear. It’s a great night of music. Usually we're doing pop and funk music, which is easier for the vocalists to choreograph to. This year, our faculty members said, “We want to do something completely different — psychedelic music.” When you listen to those artists, like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, they just come out and they're themselves. The music is raw, technical and emotional. There’s no room for flashy staging. So we had to step back as vocalists and stage it in a way that I hope is true to the genre and also complements our Showcase Band. We’re really excited to share this new side of ourselves that no one has experienced before.

— Emilie, Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music student and singer in the MacEwan Showcase Band

Join Emilie and the other members of the Showcase Band at their concert on January 12.

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