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SoPA students get back into the classroom after exciting East Coast Music Week

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By Kayla Woodside
Journalism student/Communications intern

 

Lead guitarist Bruce Rooney (centre) and bass player Evan McCosham (right) with their band, Coyote. (Photo courtesy Jillian Trainor, Journalism student)

Lead guitarist Bruce Rooney (centre) and bass player Evan McCosham (right) with their band, Coyote. (Photo courtesy Jillian Trainor, Journalism student)

Music Performance students Evan McCosham and Bruce Rooney fell back into the rhythm of exams and classes after a series of exciting performances during East Coast Music Week in Charlottetown recently.

The two are members of the popular local pop-rock band Coyote. Bass player McCosham and lead guitarist Rooney started off the week with a performance at the kick-off party for the Sound Waves Program in Stratford, and then performed at Hunter’s Ale House on Wednesday.

“ECMAs is like second Christmas. It’s awesome, we look forward to it every year,” Rooney said.

The two students played with their five-piece pop-rock band Thursday at the Guild for their last show, followed by tapings and acoustic performances throughout the rest of the week.

“We were happy to have as many performances as we’ve had despite not having an album out,” McCosham said.
Rooney said they had a lot of good buzz through the week for Coyote.

“It’s good because it’s a little bit different than your regular show. If you buy tickets just to see a regular band they’ll come and play anywhere from 45 minutes to two and a half hours. With the ECMAs, it’s nice because it’s just a about showcasing,” Rooney said.

Rooney said they were lucky to have finished their sets early so they could see the other bands playing.

“Next year will be a little bit more of a champion year for us because we’ll have our new album out and we’ll be submitting it for nominations,” Rooney said.

Details for the release are still being worked out, but the students expect to release it this summer.

Although the ECMAs have come to an end, Coyote still have a packed schedule in front of them. They plan on playing in a number of festivals through the summer, Evolve included, as well as performing in Toronto, Sudbury and Montreal.

“We’re looking at having a pretty full summer. We’re going to be a part of the anniversary celebrations here in Charlottetown, there’s going to be a show in Victoria Park which will be a free show outdoors,” Rooney said.

The band’s biggest performance will be their own album release in Charlottetown.

McCosham said being in Holland College’s Music Performance program has helped his music career.

“You can be a talented musician and write some great music, but without knowledge of how to make that music accessible to a wide audience it could be very difficult to forge a career,” he said.

McCosham said he has many mentors from the program, including lead instructor Alan Dowling, and the course instructors.

“That guidance will aid our progress throughout our careers and the rest of our lives”

 

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Written by Sara Underwood

April 9, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Posted in Students, Uncategorized

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