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Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:11

SCMA nomination is an honour for Glenna Switzer

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The 26th Annual Saskatchewan Country Music Association Awards take place April 24-26 in Yorkton and will have a plethora of members from the southwest chapter of the association including Glenna Switzer, one of the driving forces in getting the southwest chapter of the organization off the ground.

Switzer was nominated for the All Star Band (keys).
The nomination is great, but Switzer couldn’t be happier right now as the state of country music in southwest Saskatchewan is healthy.
“I have worked towards these goals for 25 years, so to be recognized by my peers is an honour,” explains Switzer humbly. “And yes, I feel very gratified because I started the chapter to create a community of musicians that help each other. We all play together now and help each other.”
Switzer is encouraged to watch as new bands have been formed and is proud to see that as a resident of southwest Saskatchewan.
She points to the efforts of those who helped push the growth of the venues in Swift Current as one of the major catalysts.
“The Lyric of course has had a huge part in the growth of the music community because it gives people a place to play and gain experience,” explains Switzer. “As well as our Southwest Chapter shows, we are raising money for a grant program which gives artists money to use for recording.”
Despite the fact Switzer has had numerous highlights in her career including playing on stage with the legendary Dwight Yoakam a few years ago, music is not a permanent vocation ... yet. She has raised a family and her husband Blaine is successful in his own right  in Canadian Cowboy Association team roping. Now, she is busy with the Saskatchewan Country Music Association’s southwest chapter administration and her other work.
“My goal for years is to be a full-time musician so to be a freelance keyboard player and play for different bands, I love that,” explains Switzer who is actually a long-time music teacher.
She doesn’t plan to slow down. She has played at the Scotties and this summer will open for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Harlequin as part of the Vern Michaels band.
“As for teaching, I’ve been teaching piano and keyboard for 32 years. About five years ago, (I) started teaching singing and we started a youth open mic at the Lyric, so I love that I take my students there so they can gain experience ... and they have to learn everything the hard way. My life’s motto or whatever you call it is ‘The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except for the best’. I believe everyone should have an opportunity to sing. Shows like American Idol go against everything I believe in. You may not end up like Celine Dion and have your own theatre, but nobody should say you can’t sing if you want to ... take Bob Dylan for example or Kris Kristofferson. They aren’t Celine Dion, but where would we be with Out Me and Bobby McGee.”
Also included in the individual nominations were 570 CKSW — Swift Current as Fan’s Choice Radio Station of the Year (Secondary Market).

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