Music student wins provincial competition in at SMFA

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June 18, 2015
Josh Sandercock snared top spot in a class at the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association (SMFA) Provincial Finals Competition earlier this month
Sandercock, a percussion student with Bruce Landmark at Lakeland College, competed at both the provincial and the provincial national level during the competition in Saskatoon June 5 to 7. He played three pieces for the national class and a snare drum piece for the provincial class. Sandercock won his provincial class and did very well at the national level. 

“It was exciting to compete with such talented individuals at this level. It was a great opportunity to see what others are doing, what music they are studying and the techniques the adjudicators are looking for at this level of competition,” says Sandercock.

The 16-year-old started taking piano lessons at Lakeland College and also participated in the college’s theatre program, prior to studying percussion. He recently completed his Grade 6 Royal Conservatory of Canada percussion exam and received the highest mark in Saskatchewan, which garnered him a gold medal. 

Sandercock and Bri Harland, a Lakeland College voice student, qualified for the SMFA after excelling at the 2015 Lloydminster Kiwanis Music Festival.

“The recognition of our Lakeland College students at this level emphasizes and reinforces the talent and dedication that is at work here in our Performing Arts community,” says Mona Smith, facilitator of the performing arts program. “We have an extremely talented and dedicated group of instructors who work diligently to help their students reach their goals in music and the performing arts.”

Harland studies voice with Kathryn Edwards, and competed in three voice categories: up-tempo musical theatre, ballad musical theatre and intermediate girl’s voice. While Harland did not receive the top placing in her classes (they only hand out a first place prize), she competed in classes with up to 19 participants and had exceptional performances.   

“I learned a lot from the experience,” says Harland, adding that she received great feedback from the adjudicators. “I was pleased I was able to compete at the provincial level and represent our community.”

Lakeland’s performing arts program offers lessons at the Lloydminster campus in brass, bass guitar, voice, guitar, percussion, saxophone, flute, piano, drums, violin and cello. Beginner guitar and drum lessons are available at the Vermilion campus. 

Photos: Above left, Josh Sandercock won the provincial class performing on the snare drum. Above right, as a percussionist, Sandercock also plays the marimba.

June 18, 2015