Resonance band rocks Sandwell students

By Harriet Evans | Sandwell | Music | Published:

A group of musicians who have toured the world with legendary acts showcased the opportunities available at a new national music institute when they stopped off at a college.

Sandwell College student Matt Powell, centre, with, clockwise from top left, Resonance Roadshow band members Dominic Clark, Ares Bennett, Greg Platt Lake and Samantha Dorrance

Sandwell College were rocked by the Resonance Roadshow band as it stopped by to show prospective students what the brand-new state-of-the-art music institute is all about - as it has with colleges all over the country.

Based in Brierley Hill, Resonance will be opening the doors to its first cohort of students later in 2020 offering degree courses in popular music performance, popular music production, popular music performance and production, digital music and music business. Organisers of the roadshow are using the tour to highlight the careers available in the music industry.

Co-director Rick Benton, who currently plays keyboard with West Midlands rockers Magnum, assembled a band of talented musicians to help demonstrate how Resonance could kick-start a career in the music industry.

Michelle King, head of creative industries at Sandwell College, said: “Sandwell College is thrilled to have hosted the Resonance Roadshow, which provided our students with the opportunity to meet and learn from professional musicians and broaden their aspirations of pursuing a career in the music industry.”

The band's singer is Samantha Dorrance, aged 27, who is also a children’s TV presenter and face of the Disney Channel. She is joined by guitarist Greg Platt Lake, who has worked all over the world with acts such as Steve Winwood and Robert Plant, session drummers Lloyd Draker and Richard Kirk, and the Grey Goose Blues Band's bassist Dan Clark.

Mr Benton added: “The roadshow is a unique way for us to demonstrate to young people considering a career in music how great coming to Resonance will be for them. It will be one of the best institutes of its kind in the country and I have no doubt that a lot of people will thrive in the learning environment we are creating.”

As well as performing songs and engaging students in music techniques, the session also aimed to provide a wider picture about careers in music.

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at

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