Students all ears for upcoming concert

Music comes alive at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus next Thursday.

Music comes alive at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus Thursday, Nov. 24, when the Audio Engineering and Music Production program puts on its 10th annual concert—The Man Bear Pig Awareness Concert.

The show features two Kelowna alternative bands —Smash Blvd and The Flu. Twenty students from the college’s program handle the work behind the scenes of the concert.

“This is our big live event and what we’re doing here is creating a professional concert environment, just on a smaller scale,” said Bob Gabelhouse, professional audio engineer, music producer and the program’s instructor.

“It takes three days of hard work on the part of the students to put on this show. They have to set up and calibrate the equipment, do the sound checks with the bands, and then on the last day, the students run the sound and lighting equipment during the show.”

Former student Cory Bell-Esau said his experience as a student working on a live show prepared him well for the work he does now as owner of Mr. E Audio Production.

“It’s vital,” he said. “Quality live sound requires more skill than studio sound. When you’re live, you don’t have time to do things again—you simply have to do, and if you don’t do, you’re fired. This is real stuff they’re doing here.”

This marks the first time the event is taking place on campus. Previous locations included the Community Theatre, Mary Irwin Theatre and Vernon Performing Arts Centre.

Tickets for the concert are $10, and available at the door or online at www.okanagan.bc.ca/csreg—search for CRN 71091. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert gets underway at 7 p.m.

Audio engineering and music production is the largest program offered through continuing studies at Okanagan College. It runs full-time Monday to Thursday from September to May. At the end of the year, students complete their final project at a professional studio where they bring in their own band and produce a professionally recorded CD.