For two Greater Fort Erie Secondary School (GFESS) students, it’s a chance to be a rock and roll guitar hero for a night.
Dan Ashukian and Ross Tremblay will both be taking to the stage at the Greg Frewin Theatre on April 16 as a part of the ProAction Cops & Kids Students Rock competition. Tremblay competed in the 2018 event and is making a guest performance this year, while Ashukian is GFESS’ entrant into this year’s show.
And, as it turns out, there is a healthy competition between the two friends.
“I wanted to show him up,” Ashukian said, pointing at Tremblay and explaining why he decided to enter the competition.
The Students Rock program is a three-month program that engages schools, youth and officers from across Niagara Region to help youth prepare for what is a friendly guitar competition.
Schools in both the District School Board of Niagara and the Niagara Catholic District School Board choose budding young guitarists to represent their schools. The young guitarists are then paired with a Niagara regional police officer to work with and prepare a song of their choosing to perform with a live band for the competition. There will be 19 students taking part in this year’s event.
So, what song has Ashukian chosen?
“Rock You Like a Hurricane, by the Scorpions,” he said.
And that’s where the friendly competition between the two heats up a little. The song Tremblay has chosen to perform is Metallica’s Sad, But True, a song Ashukian had originally planned on doing.
“I beat him to it,” Tremblay said with a laugh.