Project WILD: The fun is in the getting there

What a way week it was leading up to Project Wild 2016 boot camp. The band and I had performances going on all week long for Whoop-Up Days Lethbridge. A parade and pancake breakfasts every morning and two night performances including the main stage show on the Gas King stage on Tuesday night and a grandstand performance during the rodeo Thursday night. The point to this is…I didn’t have a chance to catch up on sleep before I headed out as was advised by the Project WILD folks. I did however get the waking up at 6am habit started so hopefully it will be easier to rise when the morning horn sounds.

trevor panczakI left Lethbridge at 10pm and needed to be at boot camp Friday at noon… So not a lot of time to waste as it is a 10 hour drive. I drove all the way to Golden BC and had to get horizontal. SO…I had a 2.5 hour sleep for 150 bucks in a Howard Johnson with a pink bed spread and leaky shower faucet to drip me to dreamland. Somehow I awoke 10 minutes before my alarm and was back on the road until I stopped in at Kamloops to visit Country 103. TJ and Mike were very welcoming and very responsive to my newly decaled truck. It was good to see them again and have a visit.

I breezed down the highway and passed Merritt and as my excitement grew I couldn’t help but visualize myself on the main stage of Festivals such as the Merritt Mountain fest. I started thinking that at boot camp I will be provided with the necessary information to sharpen the tools in my chest on the business side of things to get my foot in the door with more touring and festival dates. So much to take in but so willing.

I drove down the gravel road and couldn’t have been more pleased about the location of Boot Camp. We are all so lucky. I will remember always the song that was playing on PRIME as I pulled up. Those Memories by Dolly,Linda,and Emmylou. Dolly was being interviewed and spoke of reflection and of new projects. I couldn’t help but consider a parallel between us and immediately wanted my Dollywood campfire mug to be in my suit case instead of at home.

trevor panczakPulling up the scene unfolded like something out of the Great Outdoors. The view is amazing and the facility is set up well. I was physically tired from my drive but my brain was rockin… I enjoyed the introduction session and somehow managed to get a good laugh out of the faculty and finalists. #blob

We lost the traditional Faculty vs Finalists ball hockey game in overtime and I skipped the campfire and went to bed in the shared dorm room. My guys are coming Sunday and so its just me and The Dungarees ’til then.

Tomorrow will be a shorter blog I just really want to emphasize how blessed and fortunate that someone like Bob D’Eith had the vision to get this program going 8 years ago. Not only that but there’s the Alberta Music and Project WILD team that have sacrificed and bled and shed tears for 12 random people with a musical dream to achieve and cultivate that dream to put it all into reality and action. I know I will forever be personally and professionally grateful.

tty tomorrow all



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