Recently, Chasing Amber performed a three-song set at Brockville Collegiate Institute, a high school in Brockville Ontario. The show was in memory of a student at the high school named Aaron Stevenson, who passed away a little over a month ago. The show was very emotional for all the members of the band, because some were close with Aaron. Drummer Austin Stevenson is his older brother, and bassist Dustyn Locke was a close friend.
The band played a group of emotional songs dedicated to Aaron, and for the last song in the set, Willie Stevenson, Aaron’s father played a song with Chasing Amber. The show was a success and was filmed by the Eastern Ontario Network. Video
The phrase “Do it for Aaron.” #DIFA, has gained local notoriety, and Chasing Amber has adopted it as our personal motivation for improving every day, and becoming the band that we can be. Aaron Stevenson was a very involved musician in the city of Brockville.
Chasing Amber was just one of the many local acts that came out to support a fellow musician’s family. Aislynn Barlow, a student at BCI and a friend of Aaron's had a hand in organizing the show and introduced all the musicians throughout the night.
It has been a long road for the Stevenson family, coping with the loss of Aaron. Listening to local musicians is not going to magically make anything better, but knowing how many people cared and want to support them truly does make them feel better.
My name is Jamie Sturgeon, and I am one of the founding members of Chasing Amber consisting of members; Cameron Roderick, Brandon Roderick, Austin Stevenson, Dustyn Locke. I am in the second year of the Professional Writing program at Algonquin College. I only have about 4 years of experience under my belt but with my talented band- mates, we think we've created a group that has the potential to break into the music industry. My blog will document Chasing Amber's early days.