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Over 40 youth bands celebrate return of SchoolStock


HARE BAY, NL – As the thumping sounds of “La Grange” being covered by Botwood band  3 O’ Clock echoed throughout the gymnasium at Janes Collins Academy, SchoolStock organizer Rodney Vokey couldn’t contain his excitement.

A lot of hard work went into bringing the annual youth music event back on April 13 after a four-year hiatus.

And with about 40 bands from throughout the Central Newfoundland region representing a variety of musical genres, it was by all counts a success. 

“It’s been a great day,” said Vokey. “There are a lot of great musicians with tremendous talent taking part. “

Vokey said the show highlights how much the area has to offer in music. 

“There’s definitely a lot of passion for music in Central Newfoundland,” he said.

Jane Collins Academy student Austin Hunt is pleased with the results. He was at the school until 11:30 p.m. the night before helping set up. 

“I’m in the music class so for the last couple of months we’ve been working towards this,” he said. “I was mostly dealing with the technical side of things. It turned out to be a bigger event than I thought.”

The day was also highlighted by special guests working with students in a classroom setting. Workshops focused on guitar, drum, bass, and song writing techniques. 

“We wanted to have an educational component as well, to make sure it was an event where students not only hear their peers play, but see where they can go,” said Vokey.

Bass player Ian Chipman, who has worked with the Fables, the Navigators and Shanneyganock, along with his father Rod from Newfoundland Showband , headed up the bass class. 

“Mr. Vokey has asked me to come out and do a workshop with the students before, and with a break in my schedule it was a perfect time to do that,” he said.

“And for the few hours that we get to spend with the students, it’s a good opportunity to talk about how music is a great way to challenge yourself, and encourage them to explore an instrument.” 


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