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Terry Fox Rock School - Rock the Fox 2011 - 2016

  • Steve Sainas
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  • Last updated on Nov 18, 2016
These videos capture Terry Fox Rock School Student Performances during "ROCK THE FOX" in the Terry Fox Theatre, Port Coquitlam, BC Canada.

Steve Sainas is the Rock School, Recording Arts and Guitar Teacher at Terry Fox Secondary School in Port Coquitlam, BC. He developed the Rock School & Recording Arts programs at Terry fox Secondary in 2000/2001 with one class of 25 rock school students and one class of 16 recording arts students.

Today, he teaches a capacity of approximately 200 Rock School and Recording Arts students. Mr. Sainas keeps a waiting list in order to give priority in the following year to the students who didn't gain access to the program.

In Rock School, students form their own rock bands. The students can choose whatever songs they wish to perform with the goal of putting on a professional full production rock show in the Terry Fox Theatre at the end of each semester. This is their final exam for this full credit music course. We generally have 90 bands perform each year (approximately 15 bands per show) and their styles cover every genre: blues, punk, metal, classic rock, goth, emo, progressive, original material...you name it it's been done and at a pro level of performance for most bands. These shows are also our primary funding source; we, therefore, strive to sell out all our shows. At 5 bucks a ticket and 6 shows a year, the program generates enough funds per year with which to maintain and buy new music gear. Rock School's next three shows are on January 10th, 11th and 12th, 2017 @ 7 PM at the Terry Fox Theatre and will feature approximately 30 bands over three nights.

In 2008/2009, The Terry Fox Music Program was selected by CARAS/MusiCounts to receive a $10,000.00 BandAid Grant with which to purchase new instruments. The Rock School music program was further honoured to be selected to host the kick off celebration for the 2009 Juno Awards where MusiCounts presented us with the Grant and the school was also treated to special performance by the Juno Nominated band, The Trews. Terry Fox Music Students also performed for the school, special guests and national media covering this special event.

In 2015, Steve was honoured to receive the Juno Award for MusiCounts Teacher of the Year.
http://www.musicounts.ca/2015/03/2015mtoy/

Due to our strong Recording Arts program that many students take in addition to Rock School, many of our students have gone on to recording colleges such as Hot Sole Music, Nimbus School of Recording Arts, Douglas College MTC, The Vancouver Art Institute, and The Pacific Audio Visual Institute (PAVI) to get their engineering diplomas. Some are working for gaming companies in developing video game audio. Some have chosen to pursue careers in recording engineering, broadcasting, or entertainment management. Most of the graduates continue to record and perform at various levels in the music industry. Here's a link to one of 2013's top recording projects: https://soundcloud.com/austin-ledyard/oculus-aureum.

Here are some of our Terry Fox Rock School and Recording Arts alumni's post grad projects and accomplishments:

Austin Ledyard: 2nd Place $10,000 prize winner 2013 Nimbus Mix Contest http://nimbusrecording.com/nimbus-mix-contest-winners/

Royal Oak: Grads 2013 & 2014 - Austin Ledyard, Brayson Wong, Myles Philpott, James Armstrong, Jaret Stodola. Released Royal Oak EP in 2015 http://royaloakband.com/

Alexis Douglas: Engineer at Mushroom/Hipposonic. Mixer and Producer of Orkestar Slivoviča, Ziveli http://orkestarslivovica.bandcamp.com/
http://goo.gl/MWrLRX

Matt Perrin: Grad 2010. Guitarist for "Threat Signal" and "AngelMaker" https://www.facebook.com/threatsignal https://www.facebook.com/angelmakerband
Endorsed by Caparison Guitars. https://www.facebook.com/MattPerrinOfficial
Threat Signal tours: 2x USA approx 40 cities & 20 cities in Europe including Germany's Euroblast. Recently recorded CD with Angel Maker.

Mason Amlee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0xay9V2CFI Grad 2010. Joined rock school in grade 11... football was his passion... not anymore. He moved to LA and has been working as session drummer and and a touring musician with his band "The Broadway Bullies"

Ken Abbey and Johnny Kaye: Grads 2008. Formed Stars Blvd and won Vancouver Seeds 2010. Toured with Buck Cherry and Sam Roberts. Opened for Deep Purple at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria and the QE Theatre, Vancouver. Ken is currently recording Stars Blvd's new CD. http://www.examiner.com/review/stars-of-boulevard-ready-f...

Alanna Pearce: Grad 2007. Music Degree from Capilano University and Teaching Degree from UBC. Currently working as TTOC in Vancouver She is also the drummer for the critically acclaimed, Greg Drummond Band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mylGbPWkzFU
http://www.gregdrummond.com/biography/

We invite you to attend our professionally produced rock shows...you'll be amazed! Please contact Steve Sainas by email for more info: ssainas@sd43.bc.ca
These videos capture Terry Fox Rock School Student Performances during "ROCK THE FOX" in the Terry Fox Theatre, Port Coquitlam, BC Canada.

Steve Sainas is the Rock School, Recording Arts and Guitar Teacher at Terry Fox Secondary School ...
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