“GEORGES VALLEY MUSICIAN GETS ROCK-OFF 22 SCHOLARSHIP” –and– “SIX ROCK-OFF BANDS STILL MAKIN’ WAVES”

September 10, 2006

GEORGES VALLEY MUSICIAN GETS
ROCK-OFF 22 SCHOLARSHIP”

–and–
“SIX ROCK-OFF BANDS STILL MAKIN’ WAVES

***** for immediate release *****

ROCKERS FOR SCHOLARS…THE GIFT OF MUSIC THAT CONTINUES TO GIVE…

Reindeer Records has awarded its $1,000 Rock-Off Scholarship to Ian Cook, a recent graduate of Georges Valley High School in Thomaston, who also played in this year’s participating band Waiting On Ian.

During his school years, Ian has played in the concert band, pep band, marching band and jazz band, either on bass guitar, French horn or percussion.  Taking advantage of an independent sound recording class, he helped set up a small sound studio in class, learning about recording and computer software.  He has also served as an audio engineer for the school’s annual Film Festival.

Ian is currently attending the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, where he is majoring in Musical Performance with a focus in Sound Recording Technology.

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What a cool thing for bands to get together and raise money for one of their peers who just might be in need of a scholarship when he/she graduates. That’s the basic concept of Reindeer Records’ Rockers For Scholars program, which began in January 2004 with a mini-tour of all-ages shows that paved the way for a $1,000 Scholarship awarded to Rock-Off 20 contender Ben Lyons (of the band CARMINE from Thornton Academy).

In 2005, Reindeer assembled some Rock-Off bands and produced a compilation CD that was designed to provide more exposure for the bands and help raise money for another scholarship…a win-win-win situation for the four bands that responded. The CD was called MAKIN’ WAVES IN MAINE and featured GRAND SLAM BREAKFAST (Erskine Academy), O.R.B.I.T.S. (Maranacook HS), PRIMER (Fort Fairfield HS) and SPECTER (Leavitt Area HS).

On the heels of another successful Rock-Off year, Reindeer has announced a sequel CD, MAKIN’ WAVES IN MAINE –2– that showcases six recent competing bands:  BETTER THAN (Gray-New Gloucester HS), THE GLORIA RED (Thornton Academy), PASSING LANE (Deering HS), ROCKSMYTHE (York HS), THE SHAMS (Homeschooled) and WAITING ON IAN (Georges Valley HS).

The CD is available for $10 by contacting Reindeer at 857-9002, or by visiting Rudy’s Department Store online at http://www.reindeergroup.org.

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Contact Info/Photos for any of the participating bands is available on request.

We will gladly honor requests for promotional/review copies as well.


SOUND BYTES:

It’s especially affirming when young musicians stumble upon the fact that being in a band has infinitely more lofty rewards than being just a fun time, a “chick” magnet, or the fast lane to global fame. In fact, it’s a good thing when starry-eyed superstar-wannabees “get off the pot” and leave more room in the growing field for musicians who are ready to take on the challenges, sacrifices and benefits that their gifts can yield.

I would never want to go back to high school (unless I’m performing of course or producing a show). The older I get, the more impressed I am with the level of professionalism, acumen and stagecraft that some bands have absorbed. It’s also true that for some bands, their path to fame and fortune will come to a screeching halt as soon as their song is over.  High School is truly the “make-it-or-break-it” period.

In these current financial times, I’m sure there are a few high school students whose college is paid for before they enter their freshman year. More than likely, however, high school seniors hoping to go on to college—especially for a career in the Arts—face a myriad of personal, socio-economic and family financial challenges.

–Louis Philippe

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