At the end of high school his best friend, the world famous saxophonist Robert Bonisolo, gave Roger a starter acoustic guitar. Roger spent a lot of time with that instrument teaching himself how to play and after several years he saved his money and bought a real guitar – an American Standard Strat. At this point, his world changed.
In 2003 Roger started jamming with a colleague from the U.S. who had a significant amount of experience in bands. After a few months of jamming, they decided to form a band called The Shrubbers and get out and play at local taverns. Their first gig was to a completely packed house at the Merchant Ale House in St. Catharines.
Roger has been involved with several other bands since The Shrubbers touring the Niagara area. Some of you may remember his last band Saints and Sinners. Local Legend Rick Rose calls on Roger on an as needed basis to fill in where needed.
Roger is also a professor at Brock University and an inventor. He is married with one child and lives in Niagara Falls, Canada.
Songs That Will Be Performed by Our 1000 Musicians
All videos can be found on www.youtube.com
The songs will be recorded and played exactly as we will play them that day.
Stay tuned as the song list gets completed.
Song List – In Order Of Play
For more information please contact organizers John Fillion at 905-988-3348 or Paul K. Lemire at 905-353-7560
Song #1 Long Way To The Top - AC/DC
Listen Here for Bass Arrangement in Key of A:
Song #2 Big League - Tom Cochrane
Song #3 Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
Musicians – General Information
Instructions for Musicians
Since we are allowing musicians to park behind the main building, we have done away with check in times. This will be a great relief to a lot of people.
Your vehicle will be in direct view of the main field at all times and we will have security watching the vehicles – so you can leave your gear in your car until set up time. There is still check-in available at the rear door of the main building – but I think most people will just leave their gear in their vehicle.
Musicians will have to go around to the front gate marked “musicians” to sign in and get their t-shirt (if you ordered one) and sign a release form for the event.
We encourage all musicians to attend the seminars at the large pavilion out in the field where Conductor Roger McLaughlin will take you through all the songs, how they will start and end and any tricky transitions in the songs. It will be worth your while to attend so you don’t get lost on the field.
Drummers Seminars 1: 00 PM
Guitar/Bass Seminar 1:40 PM
Singers Seminar 2:40 PM
This will be your chance to ask questions regarding the songs and how they will be played.
We will begin setting up the musicians at approximately 3:30 with drummers being called out first.
We suggest every musician bring the following:
– 25″ extension cord (guitars and bass guitars)
– Tarp or some kind of cover for their gear (in case of rain)
– Drummers a carpet for the ground (no bigger than 6′ x 6′)
– Practice Amps only – I am using a Fender Champ 30 which
is perfect for sound and helps us stay within power limitations.
All musicians will be expected to gather in the parking lot behind the building at approximately 5:30 to begin the proceedings for the Day of 1000 Musicians.
Drummers Need To Know
Set up for drummers on field to commence at 3:00 PM
You will have volunteers available to help you carry your equipment onto the field.
Notes for Drummers
1. It is suggested that drum kits be limited in size due to space limitations for storage and setup on the field. We are asking each drummer to limit their set to the following pieces of equipment:
- Bass drum
- Floor Tom
- High hat
- 2 cymbal stands
- toms over bass
- Drummer throne
- Carpet or floor mat no bigger than 6’ x 6’
2. Drummers should bring a piece of carpet or other material to set their drums up on. The carpet should be no more than 6’ x 6’. We will be the most level ground for setup but if you do not have a carpet or other piece of thicker material, you will be playing on grass.
3. There will be a ½ hour instructional seminar for drummers beginning at 1 PM at the main pavilion.
Guitarists and Bass Guitarists Need To Know
Notes for Guitarists and Bass Guitarists
- Please use practice amps for this performance – we do not want to see stacks
- Please bring a 25’ extension cord with you
- Acoustics are allowed but you may not be heard. We suggest some form of amplification.
- There will be a 1/2 hour instructional seminar for guitarists at the main pavilion beginning at 1:40 PM
Singers Need To Know
Microphones will be provided for all singers. We are anticipating 4 singers for every microphone so be prepared to share.
There will be a instructional seminar for singers at the main pavilion beginning at 2:40 PM
Volunteers Need To Know
Volunteers will be asked to arrive on site by 10:30 AM at which time you will be assigned to a “crew”. Your crew chief will give you a brief rundown of your responsibilities for the day.
If for any reason you need to leave early or cannot do the task assigned by the crew chief just let them know and we can find you something else. There will be several different tasks and we will need many people for each crew.
We will be giving all volunteers time to enjoy the event so there will be numerous breaks during the day to allow for that. When you need a break, just talk to your crew chief so he / she knows you will be away from your station or task.
If any volunteers are planning to be a part of the main event, please let your crew chief know so they can arrange to cover your post while you are playing.
Volunteers will be able to park for free behind the main building.
If you plan on leaving the event early, let us know so we can arrange an easy exit for you.