Musicians in the WEST

There are many advantages to living and working in rural Alberta. The small community feel, the atmosphere and the being connected is wonderful. It sometimes reminds me of the atmosphere that was presented in the television series CHEERS, the place where everyone knows your name.

This being said there are some disadvantages to living this peaceful, less hectic, less busy life style. The largest disadvantage is the difficulty in accessing some of the amenities that exist within the urban centers. One of these such elements is the ability to access and participate in cultural/musical events that for the most part do not play in towns or villages where the population is less that 1000.

To help facilitate this, the Resiliency Coordinator at our division office worked diligently to create and implement a Music/Artist in house program at Seba Beach, that would benefit not just Seba Beach but also the other three schools in the area, Tomahawk, Entwistle and Wabamun.

The music integration began at Seba Beach on Thursday, October 4th with The arrival and mini-concert put on by The J.D. Edwards Band. This event was sponsored by The Stony Plain Reporter and made available with a lot of work by Parkland School Divisions Resiliency Coordinator.

The JD Edwards Band is a 6 piece Winnipeg based group with a fascinating history and a brand
new story to tell. Together since 2006, this ever evolving group is driven by the uniquely infectious,
engaging and heartfelt songwriting of band leader JD Edwards. With a truly original voice and a
knack for crafting amazing songs, JD is able to capture every listener with an honest and uniquely
personal touch. From gentle and melodic to fierce and powerful JD’s voice has a sound that
embraces diversity as a strength. JD’s eclectic songwriting style draws from a wide variety of
musical experiences, honing a loud and gritty repertoire heavily influenced by Country, Blues,
R & B, and Soul. Delivered with a contagious optimism and energy, each performance JD is able
to draw in audiences with a real sense of musical purity. Offering a full pallet of textures and
sounds the JD Edwards Band always manages to musically acknowledge their influences without
compromising their ingenuity or principle. As a full group the band delivers time and time again
with the subtlety and power required to capture their original and highly appealing signature
sound. Now with a self titled first release, a live acoustic record and the proud release of their third
disc (Roads & Roads 2011) the JD Edwards Band is geared to hit the road and deliver its own brand
of infectious Canadian music tailored to appeal to all.

Here is a little Video that was created to capture the event – Enjoy

Lee from the Stony Plain reporter also came out to join us on this exciting day, and we appreciated him coming out and more importantly for The Stony Plain Reporter for sponsoring the event. It gave the students of the three schools some insight to choosing music as a methods of expression and provided the students with an experience that many of them may not have had.


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