TOSH students ready to get groovy for R&B show

Daniel Brown

Published on April 20, 2017

Brett Gallant, Matthew Kays, and Maddison Moore are ready to get groovy at their Friday show. The songs they play tend to have energy, and some band members may even dance.

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The Three Oaks’ R&B bands are playing their fourth annual show at École-Sur-Mer Friday evening.

The show is a fundraiser for the TOSH band program. This year there are two bands, R&B Gold and R&B Green.

The first half of the show will feature talented students performing in styles ranging from singer songwriter to heavy metal. The highlight of the show is the two bands playing from popular genres like soul, funk, Motown, blues, and jazz.

The students who play in the bands love the music they are playing.

Matthew Kays, Grade 12, is a band guitarist. This year has been good for them, having already staged two concerts, he said.

When he’s playing R&B, he finds he can’t keep himself from dancing.

“It’s really groovy,” Kays said. “It makes you move.”

He’s been playing guitar for nine years, and he wanted to get a taste of performing.

“[The R&B band] seemed like a good way to start,” Kays said.

Maddison Moore, Grade 11, thinks being part of the bands are a great opportunity.

“It’s fun that we get to play this style of music rather than rock or something,” she said.

The vocalist started singing at Summerside Intermediate School in Grade 8, where she discovered a love for music.

Having two bands this year means a lot more responsibility for volunteer band members. But that didn’t mean it was harder, Moore said.

“We’re just a big group of friends,” she said. “Just jamming out and doing what we love.”

A lot of the songs are energetic and make for a good show, Moore said.

“They get stuck in your head for the rest of the week.”

Brett Gallant, Grade 12, is a band vocalist. The R&B bands give a sense of a bigger band that can’t be found elsewhere, he said.

“It makes it more unique than what other bands can offer.”

The band’s horn sections are what really stand out, Gallant said.

This is his and Kays’ last year at TOSH, so he’s hoping for a good turnout at what is their biggest concert of the year.

“This is like our Superbowl,” Gallant said. “[We’ll] just try and enjoy it.”

The band is co-directed by music teachers Krista Bryson and Carrie MacLellan. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $10, with some of the proceeds supporting the TOSH Wind Ensemble’s trip to Montreal later this month.