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ECMA Day 3

This was my last day at the East Coast Music Week. It was yet another great day! The morning and afternoon were spent rehearsing with Symphony NB. Today our soloists joined us throughout the day, so we rehearsed with David Myles, Chris Colepaugh, Samantha Robichaud and Matt Andersen. During our lunch break I went to the Moncton Market. I had never been to the market before, so it was very nice.

After our second rehearsal I headed back to the hotel to get ready for my showcase. A quick dinner, a change of clothes, and then off I headed to the Delta. I wanted to stop by and listen to a band called the BackYard Devils. This is a country/bluegrass/rockabilly band from Moncton. I went to hear them because a friend of mine had suggested it. I thought they were great! One of the things that I love about ECMA is hearing new bands and especially hearing bands that I would not necessarily have gone to hear in another situation.

I had to pick up my CDs today from the Export Buyers room. This is where artists can drop their CDs off and promoters can pick up CDs from artists that they might be interested in hiring. I did have a little interest, so that is good.

From there, it was off to the Tide & Boar for my showcase. Tom Richards had driven from Fredericton to back me up. We had a great time playing, and the audience was great! The only strange thing was that they were actually running early. That is very odd for a music event!

Once my show there was done, I had to walk back over to the Capitol Theatre for the concert with Symphony NB. The orchestra was made up of members of Symphony NB, the Atlantic Sinfonia and the NB Youth Orchestra. I think one of my favourite moments in the concert was when David Myles was talking about how great a concept it was having young people playing alongside more seasoned players. All of us who were not youth were curious where he was going with it when he got part way through the sentence.

All in all, today was a good day! No big meetings or connections made, but a great day of music! What else can a person ask for?

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