Switzer & Blackwater
466 3RD Ave. S.E. Swift Current, Saskatchewan CANADA
This fine group of professional musicians are
inspired by a vision to create an entertaining, well-rounded show that
pleases audiences of all ages.
Photo: GLENNA SWITZER
AND the BLACKWATER BAND performing @ Swift Current Bronco Home Opener
Country and Rock from every decade for the last 50 years.
And...even ol' time on request! Check out our
diverse line-up of Music
and sample MP3 song, Wipeout.
1990: First as the successful "Backroads Band," then
transforming into "Glenna Switzer & Blackwater."
Clubs, Weddings, Private Parties, Rodeos, Corporate Functions,
Jingles, Festivals, Community Events, Conventions, Hotels,
Resorts, Reunions, Proms, Country Clubs, Birthday Parties,
Awards Nights, Fund Raisers, Anniversaries, Casinos, Dinner Dances,
Graduation Parties, Grand Openings, Banquets, Picnic, Christmas
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GLENNA SWITZER & the BLACKWATER band is the perfect
choice for any event. Try us out for your celebration,
corporate event, rodeo or stage show.
About GLENNA SWITZER
Lead and Harmony Vocals, Keyboards
Glenna and the Blackwater
Band have entertained the crowds at everything from Music Festivals and
Homecomings to the Canadian Cowboy Association Rodeo finals. Her years
of performing with Backroads, and now, Blackwater have put her
alongside some of western Canada's best known acts, such as The Johner
Brothers and Julian Austin. She clearly understands the
balance of professionalism with the client and dynamic performance for the
audience. With Glenna Switzer, you can always count on great music and
a memorable show!
About GLENNA on a personal note ....
Growing up an only child on a Saskatchewan
farm, Glenna’s love of music developed as an escape from an otherwise
lonely childhood. She found her best friends on the records she
begged her mother to buy. As the only musician in her extended
family, Glenna feels her music education has always been an uphill climb.
“While most musical families can jam at family functions, I was always
alone at the piano,” recalls Glenna.
Her musical journey continued at the University of Saskatchewan where she
studied under Robin Harrison. Harrison encouraged Glenna by saying,
"You’ll appreciate it more, because you've had to fight for every note.”
As difficult as things got she clung to her passion.
This passion brought her through 15 years of piano studies and these past
22 years of being a piano teacher. She has played at countless
weddings, funerals, festivals, dances and shows. She also has
been very successful with her vocals despite no formal training, and has
been compared to Martina McBride and Shania Twain.
The Stampeders and Glen Campbell acted as
her early influences, but Glenna has never been able to put her finger on
her favorite type of music. “Being a piano player, I grew up thinking
Jerry Lee Lewis was something of a God.” But her vast list of favorites
also includes George Strait, Bob Seger, Elton John, and Beethoven.
Glenna’s love of traditional country began the day George Strait came on
Glenna is very proud of the fact that she can trace her piano teachers all
the way back to J.S. Bach, but she’ll also drive 600 miles to a Bruce
Springsteen concert. “I just love the guitar rock of Springsteen,
Mellencamp, and John Fogerty. They are all cut from the same cloth.”
Glenna began enjoying country music with the rebel country of Hank Jr. and
Waylon. “I still enjoy that. For example, I think Steve Earle’s song
writing is brilliant.”
Her love of Rock N’ Roll is never far away. “It seems I love anybody from
Britain. Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, and the Rolling
Stones. The list goes on and on. I pick and choose what I like from all
avenues of music and this is what I like to bring to the band. A lot of
the country today is like the 70s rock I grew up with. I was a huge Eagles
fan and I can hear their influence in a lot of today’s country.”
In Blackwater, you won’t get 40 two-steps in a row. You will hear
everything from a Schottische to Eagle’s rock songs.
So where do you start to build a repertoire when your musical tastes are
from almost every genre of music? "The line is not so distinct anymore
between the music of different generations," says Glenna. "Blackwater
tries to accommodate that. I hear my teenage son playing Brooks and Dunn
in his room, but I would love to take him to a Nickelback concert. It
would be interesting to see who would enjoy it more!”
“People say to me that I am very lucky to have something in my life I’m
passionate about and can make a living at. I believe this is true!”
Glenna divides her time between teaching music and playing in her band on
the weekends which fits well with family commitments. Her husband
Blaine (Champion CCA and MRCA Calfroper), her son Matt, 2004 Sask. High
School Rodeo Association (SHSRA) champion calfroper, and daughter Jillian
all attend CCA, MRCA, High School and Little Britches Rodeos.
"While they are ropin, I'm singing" says Glenna.
Glenna handles most of the public relations for the group. A hard worker
with an innate sense for detail, she’ll do everything in her power to make
the occasion successful.
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