Graduating students from the Collingwood Collegiate Institute music program took a break from summer vacation to perform for an audience at an outdoor concert last night.
The students, Decklan Funston, Jonatahan Contini, Nick Wyant and Jack Courtemanche, opened for the Johannes Linstead Trio at Jazz and Blues at the Station on Aug. 8. The concert was part of a weekly series that takes place on the lawn at the Collingwood Museum.
Charlie Gudaitis is one of the event organizers and said it was a real treat to have the music students perform. The events are hosted by the South Georgian Bay Music Foundation, which was established to further music education in the region. Gudaitis is one of the driving forces behind the foundation.
We need to keep music alive with our young people," said Gudaitis.
There are two more Wednesday evening shows featuring a rock band made up of CCI students called 50 Years Late, who will open for Turbo Street Funk on Aug. 15. On Aug. 22 Chuck Jackson will perform to close the summer series.
There will also be a music festival called Vinestock this weekend Aug. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. at Georgian Hills Vineyard. Vinestock is a combination of student musicians, professional musicians, food and local beers, ciders and wines. Proceeds from Vinestock will be donated to the South Georgian Bay Music Foundation.