It’s that time of year again, when Ring System Music Studio music students take the Lester Centre of the Arts stage for their annual Rockstock talent showcase.
This year there will be about 55 young musicians between the ages of 9 and 19 performing in the annual fundraising show.
“There’s quite a large variety of music styles, some that are going to be quite unexpected,” said music teacher Ian Lihou, noting students will perform solos, duets and in varying sized groups.
A majority of the students set to take the stage in this year’s Rockstock have been involved in all of the previous shows. But that doesn’t mean they’re any less excited to perform this year.
“It’s a great experience and it’s really thrilling,” said student Isabelle Gray.
“It helps you with your stage presence,” said Hannah Proksch, another student of Lihou’s who recently took the top prize in Prince Rupert’s Got Talent.
“We’re kind of like one big music family now,” said Emily Mair, a long-time student of Lihou’s.
“And every time you do something right, you see Ian and he looks like a proud dad,” said Proksch.
Lihou said his students have made tremendous progress over the years and gives his word that Rockstock 2015 will be a superb showcase of the young talent in the community.
“The students are getting better and better; the show’s going to be absolutely fabulous,” he said.
Ring System Music Studio students have raised a significant amount of money for the Lester Centre and community groups such as the Salvation Army from their annual fundraising concerts, with Lihou asking Rupertites to support his students in their endeavours.
“If that’s not reason enough for the community to come out and show their love to these students, I don’t know what is,” he said.
Rockstock 2015 is taking place on Saturday, May 23 at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation, with all proceeds being donated to the Lester Centre of the Arts to help upgrade its equipment.