Media Release: Rock school bands play live gig in Inverness

EX Ozzy Osbourne band member, John Sinclair, will be back in Inverness this weekend to rock and roll with bands that took part in last summer’s Careers Scotland Rock School.

The four bands taking part are all from the Inverness area and have been practicing what they learned at last year’s Rock School for six months.

After some additional professional tutoring they will perform the live gig at Merkinch Community Centre on Sunday March 2.

The free event start at 7:30pm and is open to anyone who is interested in watching the performances.

John, along with four other musicians from the Highlands has been working with Careers Scotland, Highlands an Islands, for the last five years to bring Rock School to a number of locations across the area.

Rock School is aimed at people aged 14-to-19 and uses music as a medium to motivate young people and engage them in developing the skills essential to fulfilling their potential, whatever they do in life.

Fiona MacInnes, Careers Scotland advisor, said: “We always receive such enthusiastic feedback and this year we thought it would be great to offer some kind of follow-up. Fortunately the Merkinch Community Centre was also keen to have them back and agreed to sponsor the event.”

During the Rock School workshops, John, who has played with Uriah Heep and the Cult is able to tell tales of the battle he has won over addiction and is keen to help others make healthy choices. John is a trained therapist and said: “I had to seriously address these problems so I can relate to youngsters who often have self-esteem issues themselves. It is great to see them respond and blossom through a medium like rock music and most of all – having fun.”

Workshops will include drums Dougie Brown, guitar Richard MacIntyre, bass guitar Jyrojets’ Dougie Edwards and sound engineering Gareth Ince and Robbie Dunsmore. Along with John Sinclair, singer/songwriter Jim Hunter will be there to organise the bands, work through the rehearsal and finally stage a rock concert.

The Merkinch Community Centre is keen to promote their facilities for young people in the area and hopes that this event will kick start other activities aimed at this age group.

For further information on Rock School and how to get involved in future events, please contact Careers Scotland on 01463 667239 or email

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