Jordan Dyck teaches music at Dawson Creek Secondary's Central Campus and, on occasion, you can find him on stage around town with one of the Dawson Creek Kiwanis bands.
But on Friday night, Dyck was made an honorary member of Chicago's Disturbed, joining the band as they rocked the Encana Events Centre on their latest tour.
With his cello in hand, Dyck joined local violinist Sarah Shaw on stage to perform string accompaniments on the band's songs Darkness and The Sound Of Silence, as some of Dyck’s students looked on from the crowd.
“I told my Grade 10/11/12 music class and their first reaction was ‘No way. That’s awesome,’” Dyck said.
“I told my Grade 8 music class and there was a moment of silence and then all anyone said was ‘No, you’re not. You’re not playing with them. That’s not true, there’s no way.’”
While Disturbed is known to use string sections for a few of their songs, the band does not tour with string players, instead hiring them along the way.
In Dawson Creek, the band phoned the Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts and the building manager put them in touch with Dyck. He was emailed the music a few days later.
“The expectation was that I am able to play it on stage without rehearsal,” Dyck said, adding he wasn't nervous.
“First of all, the music was not difficult, but the challenge was to play it perfectly because the band is playing perfectly and that is your standard.”
The soundcheck before Friday night’s show lasted all of 10 seconds, Dyck said, because the band had been delayed on their trip from Calgary.
“It was a whirlwind experience,” Dyck added. “It all happens like clockwork. You’re on, you play, you’re off and, before you know it, you’re done. I had no idea what we sounded like. I am told we sounded good. I hope that’s true.”
The day of the show, Dyck brought his cello to the school, loaded up the song on YouTube and played it for the kids, showing them the music he had and explaining how it all came together.
“I think it was a really good experience for them,” he said. “A number of them were at the concert and we got to chat about the experience.”
Playing in front of that many people was not something he was used to.
“For me the most exciting part was playing with really excellent musicians.”