Scouting and music go hand-in-hand. Many campfires are accompanied by a tune on the guitar and there are quite a few songs that are only sang among Scouts. Who hasn’t walked across a camping field while all of sudden a song is set in and other voices join instantly?
Roverway 2018 wouldn’t be complete if music wasn’t available. Previous announcements about the Rover Band were about the possibility of organising a band and the possibility to audition for it. There was a lot of interest and meanwhile the Rover Band has been formed. With members from several countries their music is bound to cover musical inheritance from all over Europe and beyond.
Every Path is unique, but some are just a bit more unique than others. And one of those is the Rover Band. Unlike other Paths this one has 9 instead of 50 Rovers and Rangers and there are no patrols.
The members of the Rover Band had to sign up in October, although signing up doesn’t cover the process which they have gone through. There are 8 band members now, but there were 22 Rovers and Rangers who were seriously interested. They auditioned for a position in the band by playing, showing their talent, and write a motivation letter.
Then it was up to Marieke and Sam, the enthusiastic Path leaders, to form the band. Marieke was asked to organise a music-based Path while around the same time Sam, former Rover Band member, asked the organisation if his experience and enthusiasm towards music was would come in handy during Roverway 2018. Different backgrounds and nationalities doesn’t seem to bother this duo. It even lifts up their spirit.
Their main focus were the musical qualities, but they were looking for something more than a pretty voice or a well-constructed tune. What they kept in mind is that dynamics within the group is the base to interesting interplay. The combination of the instruments and voices should be both in harmony and challenging each other. They also agreed they would choose those that would bring something ‘extra’, to take the band to a higher level and create an own sound. Personality and character also played a role in the process; As the members will spend so much time together the group needs to feel like family, but also chemistry to keep them inventive.
It wasn’t an easy task as the applicants were all eager to join and all had more than sufficient musical background. But putting the band together was only half of the work. Providing feedback to those who couldn’t join the Rover Band was the other half. Sam and Marieke would love to see them improving and perhaps join the next Rover Band.
The eight Rover Band members are from Lebanon, Czech Republic, Ireland, France and Germany. There even might be a sixth nationality as Sam and Marieke are still looking for a drummer. Apart from vocals, (bass) guitarists and a pianist there will also be violinist.
Sam’s experience with the Rover Band was a big influence to the Path’s programme which is about balancing music and trips. “Music is our main focus, but you sometimes need a break from practising to find new motivation.” The biggest change to 2016 is that the band will have its own location during the Path and the members will travel to Zeewolde on the same day as the other Rovers and Rangers.
This Path covers all kinds of music and apart from playing together every day there will be master classes to improve skills and perhaps even uncover some hidden talents. The band will be staying in Soest, which is not far from beautiful nature and conveniently close to cities for some cultural experience and inspiration.
All members have influence on the band’s playlist, so they can make it something that is truly theirs. Therefore there is a limit to the amount of songs, which will still be enough to cover a night of entertainment. As Marieke and Sam put it so well: “Rather gold dust than sawdust”.
The biggest challenge for the Rover Band will be performing for all Rovers and Rangers at Scouting Landgoed Zeewolde, an exciting and nerve-wrecking moment. To make sure the performance runs smoothly the band will perform for a smaller crowd first. Which Path will be the lucky one to host this sneak preview hasn’t yet been determined. During the days at Scouting Landgoed Zeewolde there will plenty of possibilities to see them perform, in both smaller and bigger settings, so make sure you look them up.