September 25, 2013
Herkimer County Community College’s Media Degree programs will team with the Tramontane Cafe for the return of “Merp’s Rock and Roll Circus” on Friday, October 4 at 7:30 pm. on Lincoln Avenue in Utica. “Merp’s Rock and Roll Circus” is both a mini concert and real world classroom environment for students enrolled in Communication Arts programs at Herkimer.
HCCC Music Industry students in the performance track will take to the stage at the Tram. Students enrolled in the Music Industry Business track will receive experience in event promotion, artist relations and venue relations. HCCC Assistant Professor of Music Jason Davis said that being able to work with the ‘Tram’ venue gives Herkimer students hands-on experience in the basics of the music industry. “Working with Garrett Ingram and Robin Raabe of the Tram, we’ve developed a monthly concert where both Music Industry programs get a chance to apply classroom lessons to the real world of performing and promoting,” said Davis.
Performers are selected based on submitted material and are sometimes subject to auditions. Davis himself often plays a short set with his band “The New Philosophers”. ”These student bands and artists are the face of our Music Industry programs here, in a very public venue. We have to put our best out there,” Davis added.
Students enrolled in other media degree programs at Herkimer are also getting involved, covering the events during their weekly live newscast, “HCTV News” and creating promotional spots that will run on both HCTV and the campus radio station, WVHC 91.5FM.
For more information about media degrees at HCCC go to http://www.herkimer.edu/mediadegrees.