VC music students get behind-the-scenes opportunity as Bootfest volunteers

VC music student volunteers helped last yearís Bootfest entertainers such as Curtis and Lucky (pictured) set up equipment and help with sound, lights and staging. This year, VCís volunteers are looking forward to helping at Bootfest 2012.

Victoria College music students are excited to volunteer at Bootfest’s musical events this weekend.

VC’s sponsorship of Bootfest includes providing music students to work as stagehands to help unload and setup equipment and assist with sound, lights and staging for each of the bands.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to get hands-on experience with another side of the music industry,” said Jonathan Anderson, associate professor of music and chair of VC’s fine arts department. “It also doesn’t hurt that they get backstage access to all the shows.”

VC’s participation in Bootfest also includes use of the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts as a “green room” for entertainers.

Over the past year, Anderson has been working with the entertainment committee for Bootfest and helped select this year’s headliners, including Stoney LaRue and Easton Corbin.

“We wanted to bring big-name talent to Victoria, so we looked at who’s been winning awards and who is up and coming,” said Anderson. “Both Stoney LaRue and Easton Corbin are definitely big-name headliners.”

Although Anderson does offer extra credit for his students who volunteer, many of his students are more excited about being around and learning from professional musicians. Many students volunteered to help at last year’s inaugural Bootfest and even more have signed up to help this year.

“Last year we had anywhere between 40 and 60 students working over the two days,” Anderson said. “This year, my signup sheets are already full of volunteers.”

According to VC music student and vocalist Leah Appleton, seeing what really goes on backstage and asking questions makes volunteering more fun than work.

“I helped out at JamFest last spring and got a chance to talk with Jason D. Williams,” said Appleton. “It was exciting to talk to a professional musician about what it’s really like to be on the road.”

Anderson adds that while his students certainly work hard at Bootfest, they also take pride in representing VC and making the College a part of community events.

Appleton agrees.

“You always hear that there isn’t anything to do in Victoria,” said Appleton. “But it’s not true. We’re very lucky to have the opportunity to be part of Bootfest, JamFest, Downtown Rhythms and Tunes at Noon that are all free, family-friendly events."

For complete details about Bootfest, including a schedule of entertainers, please go to the Visit Victoria Texas website at .

Published: Thursday, 04 October 2012

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