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the three pieces of music it will be playing. For the first

four weeks, the bands rehearse at a state-of-the-art facility with all the equipment needed and their own rehearsal spaces. For the next two weeks, they play “live” at venues around the city. For two more weeks, they’re back at the rehearsal hall, perfecting their songs for a final performance in front of a live audience, and for recording. By week nine, the musicians are recording their three songs in a professional studio, and the final session is the Big Show, where they play in front of the public (especially family and friends). In the midst of all this, two

amazing things happen. Students are coached by established, professional musicians and visited by “big names” in the business, including Terry Brown (producer of Rush, Blue Rodeo, Gowan and others). The League of Rock web site lists an impressive lineup of mentors and coaches: . This summer will mark the

League of Rock’s Ottawa chapter, headed up by professional musician and songwriter Dick Cooper of the renowned Cooper Brothers. The new chapter will officially open July 10. There’s another side to the League

of Rock that has been attracting the corporate world for leadership and training sessions. It seems a natural “fit”, because the basic premise is that groups of strangers come together and learn how to create something beautiful or meaningful. In the corporate

sessions, the difference is that the

members might or might not

be musicians, and the sessions are only for a day or half-day. Their bosses send them for training in how to “think outside the box”, how to become dynamic team leaders and members, and how to solve problems. It sounds weighty, but Terry Moshenberg and his partner, drummer Topher Stott, say it’s a lot of fun and the sort of day no one forgets. The corporate members’ task is to

take a famous song and, as a team, to create new words for it. When they’re finished, the song is played by professional musicians. Terry Moshenberg, 48, is a long-

time entrepreneur. This venture seems close to his heart. “You meet folks you’ve never

met before,” he says. “And suddenly you’re playing in ways you’ve never played, at a level you never thought possible. You’re not playing the same old thing with the same old people, week after week. The results are insane!” One of the great things about the

process, he says, is that people get along. He can’t remember a single “fight”. In fact, the bands often end up becoming friends for life. Terry says it can be the perfect “tonic” for someone who has been through a challenging time, such as divorce or depression. “Everyone has his or her own

back-story,” he says. “It can be an emotional thing. It’s about the music, but it’s also about so much more.”

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