Feature Story Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Rock and Roll Middle School
Speed Control takes Chilliwack kids on a musical history ride
Speed Control got the students at AD Rundle into some audience participation Monday. Below, brothers Graeme and Jody Peters rock out.
t was the earliest concert youíll ever see. At 9 A.M. on Monday, students at AD Rundle Middle School were served up a piping hot rock and roll breakfast by Yukon Territory band Speed Control who raced into Chilliwack under the radar for the first of 9 shows in 5 days courtesy of School District 33.
The three-piece band ó who are in the middle of a BC-wide tour ó consists of Graeme Peters on lead guitar, his brother Jody on bass and Ian March on drums.
Speed Control propelled students through the decades in a series of songs starting in 1943 with the Mills Brothers Paper Doll and on to Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Brian Adams, ACDC and Nirvanna. Peters even threw in a Ray Vaughn-style song he penned called "Hey Baby, Whatcha Gonna Do?"
The notion behind the show is to inspire kidís interest in music by covering songs from different eras with some of the backstory to each song they cover.
During their set, the band then broke off to field some questions from the kids and challenge them to a Name That Tune game.
Peters, who teaches music to kids from Kindergarten to Grade 7, went to school in Chilliwack at Unsworth Elementary.
"We did a student exchange from the Yukon down here," he told the Voice. "My brother Jesse went to Atchelitz and I went to Unsworth when it was like three portables."
Peters said he managed to work out a deal with his union that allowed them to cut loose for the tour before classes went on Spring Break.
"I negotiated my contract with the Yukon Teacher's Association," he said.
Peters said the band has been busy over the last week on the island, before hitting the Lower Mainland.
"We did four school shows in Victoria, and one evening show, and then we play Saturday night in Vancouver and will in fact be on the road until March 10th when they break to go skiing at Panorama before heading back to the Yukon.
Peters loves their "straight-up" version of rock and roll history gigs they get through the schools. In some ways he finds it more rewarding to play for the kids.
ďThis is our third round of doing schools and itís just a blast," he said. "We make more fans doing schools in the day, than we do doing evening shows."
Speed Control is scheduled to play a full concert at the Chilliwack Arts and Culture Centre March 1 and Peters is excited about the gig.
"We're doing some workshops with a local Chilliwack band and they're going to be opening for us, and we're going to have a female singer from one of the high schools come sing a song with us too," he said.
AD Rundle Vice Principal Galen Soon told the Voice he thought it was a unique chance for the kids to see some upcoming Canadian artists, plus he loves it when the community gets involved in what they're doing at the school.
"This is coming off the heels of another community event that we had Friday, Starfm was here, the Kindness Crew, and they did a pancake breakfast for our whole school," he said.
"We have a very small school of 275 students, but there's lots of stuff happening here. So it's neat to see the community get involved and support us."
Soon says the next big fun event at the school is the AD Rundle Olympics sports day in April and this year's theme is The Avengers.
The Rags to Rock tour is booked through ArtStarts, a not-for-profit organization with a huge talent pool of professional artists who travel to BC schools for performances, workshops, residencies and exhibitions with funding from Artists in Education.
About Art Starts
Founded in 1996 with a professional staff and volunteer board of directors, ArtStarts in Schools is a not-for-profit organization offering educators, artists, parents and students a broad range of programs, services and resources to promote art and creativity among BCís young people.
ArtStarts in Schools provides innovative arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and leadership in advocacy for arts in education.
About Artists in Education
For more than 30 years, the Artists in Education (AIE) funding program has supported the arts in schools right across BC by providing matching funds for performances. AIE has introduced hundreds of thousands of children and youth to traditional and cultural events in a multidisciplinary range of dance, theatre, music, literary, media and visual arts.
Watch Speed Control's latest music video on YouTube here.
Speed Control Chilliwack Schedule
AD Rundle Middle School
Time: 9:00am. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 45660 Hocking Ave.
Rosedale Traditional Community School Canada
Time: 1:00pm. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 50850 Yale Rd.
Chilliwack Middle School
Time: 9:00am. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 46354 Yale Rd.. Rock!!
Chilliwack Secondary School
Time: 1:00pm. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 46363 Yale Rd.
G. W. Graham Middle-Secondary School
Time: 9:00am. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 45955 Thomas Road.
G. W. Graham Middle-Secondary School
Time: 1:00pm. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 45955 Thomas Road.
Mount Slesse Middle School
Time: 9:00am. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 5871 Tyson Road.
Vedder Middle School
Time: 1:00pm. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Sumas Road.
Time: 1:00pm. Admission: Free. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 45460 Stevenson Rd.
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