Scratching The Surface
Brianna is both a student and teacher of her instrument of choice, the fiddle, but her musical talents extend to the guitar, ukulele, clarinet, and percussion. Brianna joined the Red Deer Royals in 2012 as a snare in the drum line, an assistant section leader, and Band Council President. This discipline and experience as a musician, performer, and now a leader is something she deeply values and will carry into her future. Brianna took up the fiddle just 7 years ago and is described by her teachers, mentors, and fans, as an incredible talent.
This musical talent is not just an exceptional technical skill but a talent that rises from the depths of her soul and spirit, and radiates in other areas of her life. With many accomplishments already under her belt, such as the Rising Star Award from the Alberta Men and Women of Country Music in 2016, and most recently, for her part in the Red Deer Royals, the 2016 - 2017 members were all awarded the Mayor’s Recognition Award from the City of Red Deer.
Brianna would also want to be known as deeply proud of her Metis heritage, for her love of community, for volunteerism, for her gratefulness to her family, teachers and mentors for their encouragement and support, and for her passion of teaching young students.
In 2011, Brianna started playing the fiddle and was soon playing for audiences throughout her home town and surrounding communities. Her love of music has her performing, teaching, and volunteering at many events today.
In 2016, she received the Rising Star Award from The Alberta Men and Women of Country Music. In 2017, Brianna was one of eight women featured as a Bold Metis Woman for International Women’s Day by the Metis Nation of Alberta. In March 2018, her first CD Scratch ‘Em was released, featuring two self-penned tunes. In October, she will be showcasing for the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta as an emerging artist.
For six years, Brianna was actively involved with the Red Deer Royals Marching Showband where she was involved in up to 50 performances a year, traveling to Europe for two tours, playing in the woodwind, front ensemble, and drumline sections. Her various roles within the group included acting assistant drumline section leader, band council president, and various volunteering throughout her community.
Brianna’s passion for music inspires her to pursue a degree in music in her post secondary career. She currently lives in Sylvan Lake and is attending Red Deer College.