This past Saturday, the band Old Dominion performed to a huge crowd at the Vibrant Arena in Moline. Before the show, they invited a group of young music students from QC Rock Academy to hang out during their soundcheck and meet the band.
If you aren’t familiar with QC Rock Academy, they are a rock based music school here in Davenport. Started in December 2011, they now have nearly 350 students per week learning guitar, drums, bass, piano, vocals, ukulele and an amazing rock band program.
Old Dominion is one of country music’s hottest acts, having won the CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year 5 years straight and have over a dozen top ten songs in that span. QC Rock Academy owner, Greg Hipskind, was able to line up this experience for the students through the band’s management. Things got delayed a bit due to technical difficulties but it was well worth the wait.
At 5:00, they took the kids and their parents into the empty arena where the band was waiting for them on stage. They ended up playing a private 5 song concert and let the kid request some of their favorite songs like “One Man Band,’ “No Hard Feelings” and a fun sing along of their hit “I Was On A Boat That Day”. The band’s lead vocalist, Matthew Ramsey, was very engaging with the kids, giving high fives and fist bumps while singing, joking around and teaching them how to play the xylophone part of “No Hard Feelings”.
He even traded guitar picks with one student from QCRA student band 7 Ark, and used that new 7 Ark pick to play a song. After over 30 minutes of music, the band came off stage to meet each kid, sign autographs and take pictures.
QC Rock Academy has done many soundcheck/meet & greet type of things over the years with students getting to meet other acts like KISS, Alice In Chains, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band, Matchbox 20, The Beach Boys and more.
Check out this video that QC Rock Academy put together to get a glimpse at what the kids got to experience. https://youtu.be/5M71wJHan3E