Rock and Roll Experience hosts student showcase concert
Student William LePage performs Back In the U.S.S.R. with local band Garage Dog, including members Mike Woods (left) and Dean Smith (right) during a Student Showcase Concert on Monday night at the Port Hope Public Library.
There was a rockin’ good time at the Port Hope Public Library on Monday evening, courtesy of local band Garage Dog and students from the Northumberland Rock and Roll Experience’s guitar program.
Students of instructor Mike Woods, who is also the owner of the Northumberland Rock and Roll Experience located at 27 Walton St. in Port Hope, had the opportunity to showcase their skills at Monday’s event.
There are two Student Showcase Concerts held each year; one in June and the other at Christmas. Each student that participates in the concert gets up to perform a song with local band Garage Dog, which Woods is a member of along with Dean Smith, Mark Rice, R.A. Milne and Dave Savage (Joey Sakuma substituted for Savage on Monday).
“It gives them a chance to really feel what it’s like to play in a band and perform in front of an audience,” Woods said. “It’s why all of the band members are into supporting it because we all would have loved something like this when we were that age. For us, we remember the first time we got on stage and this is just a fun show to do.”
Woods said the Student Showcase is really enjoyed by the family and friends in attendance.
“You can look out and everyone is getting into it and really support the students,” he remarked. “From our perspective, seeing (the audience support) is amazing.”
There is currently a waiting list for the guitar program at the Experience, but anyone interested in lessons is still encouraged to get on that list. More information can be found at www.northumberlandrockandrollexperience.com.