Young Parkites come together to make music in SilverVein
Band will open for Mokie at Deer Valley
08/26/2014 04:28:00 PM MDT
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Isabella Canada, 15, who also attends Park City High School, is the vocalist, bassist and keyboardist for SilverVein. (Courtesy of musicgarage.org)
When the Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series continues on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Deer Valley, Park City will get the opportunity to see a new band named SilverVein open for headliner Mokie.
SilverVein is the result of a partnership between Mountain Town Music and musicgarage.org and features three Park City youths — Isabella Canada, Wyatt Pike and Courtney Spaulding.
The three core musicians were selected by musicgarage.org , an after-school rock band program, to help Mountain Town Music with its education outreach program.
"Our Mountain Town Music in Schools program has had varying degrees of success, it's been difficult attracting the caliber of musician we envisioned to present music as a culture art form in schools," said Mountain Town Music's Brian Richards. "So as a board, we discussed ways to make more of an impact. One of the ways we thought could make a difference was to offer a scholarship to a music student."
As the discussion evolved, the idea to provide multiple scholarships for kids to form a Mountain Town Music house band emerged.
"That way people could see the kids play [over time] and see how they grow musically," Richards said.
Richards had known Steve Auerbach, director for
"When we started our educational outreach program at Deer Valley a few years ago, Steve was super helpful in finding youth bands," Richards said. "He would help us showcase bands that he knew or bands that he was working with at the time. He's an awesome dude, dedicated and passionate."
Auerbach loved the scholarship idea.
"So, we gave $1,000 to five kids and sent them to musicgarage and started the band," Richard said.
Wyatt Pike, 13, a student at Treasure Mountain Junior High plays bass and sings vocals for SilverVein. (Courtesy of musicgarage.org)
Musicgarage.org isn't a stranger to Park City.
After helming the Salt Lake City branch of the School of Rock, Auerbach started musicgarage.org in Park City in 2009 as a summer camp at what was known as Treasure Mountain Middle School.
The program was offered through Park City School District's community education program, according to Auerbach.
"We had a great experience and the schools asked us to continue as an after-school program, which we did," he said. "We had some success, but with storing our equipment at the schools, the logistics became a problem, so we looked for real estate and couldn't find a place."
So, musicgarage.org moved to Salt Lake and took some of the Park City kids with it.
"Since 2009, as part of our commitment to getting our kids on stage to perform, we partnered with Mountain Town Music and worked with Brian to have our kids perform on their stages at Newpark, Deer Valley, Park Silly Sunday Market and Billy Blanco's," Auerbach said. "We also perform at the annual Hootenanny fundraiser, which used to be the Cow Ballet, and we donate to the silent auction."
Musicgarage.org held auditions in April and found musicians that would qualify for the Mountain Town Music house band, which was christened SilverVein by Spaulding
"We've been training them for the past three months," Auerbach said.
"They have developed friendships, musical relationships and a cool sound."
Courtney Spaulding, 14, who attends Park City High School, sing vocals and plays keyboards, trumpet and guitar for SilverVein (Courtesy of musicgarage.org)
The band has played the Park City Kimball Arts Festival, the Keetley Music Festival in Heber and Molly Blooms to date.
In addition to its Deer Valley show Aug. 27, SilverVein will perform Aug. 31 at the Park Silly Sunday Market at 11 a.m. and on Sept. 6 at Molly Blooms.
"They are on the radar and got booked to play a neighborhood party at Silver Lake," Auerbach said. "They really good, and they are wonderful kids.
"Courtney, the keyboard player, is a very gifted and competent performer," Auerbach said. "Isabella came in wanting to sing. She did take some piano lessons and could find the notes on a keyboard, but she stepped up and is playing some synth parts and has a beautiful voice."
Wyatt Pike plays guitar and bass.
"He's an exceptional talent," Auerbach said. "He is one of the most stage-friendly kids I've ever met. He's got natural leadership ability and is a phenomenal organizer."
All three sing leads and do three-part harmonies.
"We catered the band's playlist for what the community wants," Auerbach said. "We wanted them to play music that is more popular with all ages. That, alone, has been a catalyst for musicgarage.org to up its game, because we haven't done much pop. It's been metal and a lot of progressive rock."
Terence Hansen, music director of musicgarage.org, helped the kids decide on which songs they would perform.
"We didn't have any songs in mind at first, but we had a picture of this young version of what the popular cover bands are doing out there," Hansen said. "The kids auditioned for me and we got lucky, because we ended up having a lot of kids who were well formed in their own regards."
So, Hansen asked the musicians what they had been playing before the auditions.
"Courtney has songs like 'Drops of Jupiter' and 'Don't Stop Believin' ready to go and Wyatt already know 'Come Together,'" Hansen said. "It was the same situation with Isabella. She had a whole list of songs of music that I grew up with and songs that I heard on the radio."
In addition to the songs, Hansen said the musicians also have the right attributes for the band.
"When I auditioned the kids, I treated it like any other audition and looked for the same quality that I would in a professional musician, more or less," he said. "They had to have the passion. They had to be focused. They had to work hard."
He wasn't disappointed.
"It was like planting a seed and watching it grow into a giant tree in a couple of months," Hansen said. "To see them work together and become self-sufficient, motivated and organized was the goal. It was cool, because they became a tight unit very quickly."
Richards said SilverVein encompasses everything that Mountain Town Music is about and he is excited about the future.
"I do see us continuing the program and exploring the idea of keeping it up here," he said. "Hopefully Steve can find a rehearsal space."
The Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series will present Mokie and SilverVein at Deer Valley's Snow Park Amphitheater on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 5 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.mountaintownmusic.org .