By day Andrew Schick is the fire alarm/security system coordinator at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), but in the evenings and on weekends he’s lighting it up on stage. More on that in a bit.
Schick’s role is an important one. For more than 20 years he’s been helping protect not only KHSC hospitals, but also our community sites.
“I maintain, program and test the fire and security systems at all KHSC sites,” explains Schick.
“I’m proud of the work my colleagues and I do. We ensure KHSC sites are safe and secure for all staff, patients and visitors.”
Travelling is clearly part of the job, but Schick is no stranger to being on the road.
You see, he’s an extremely talented and well-respected steel guitar player, and he’s got an important gig coming up on Sept. 24, 2023.
That’s the day he’ll be inducted into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall Of Fame.
“I was very shocked and surprised when I heard. All the current members and fellow 2023 inductees are mentors of mine and stars in my mind. Four people are inducted annually and it certainly is a true honour to be included this year.”
He’s a little bit humble, so we’re giving him his flowers.
Steel guitar is one of the most difficult instruments to learn, let alone master.
And that’s what Schick is, a master steel guitar player with 40 years of experience.
“I’ve always loved music and the sounds a steel guitar produces. I like how it can be used for all genres of music, from old classics to new contemporary music.”
He’s done that tour life, been part recording sessions and fun fact, he’s played with some legendary Canadian and American country music stars including Jason McCoy, Terry Sumsion and Harold McIntyre (trust us, the list goes on and on).
The musician is also a three-time Canadian Country Music Association Awards winner.
“Onstage musical magic is always what musicians strive for. Whether you’re playing a show for 100,000 people or supporting a local Canadian Legion, it’s always about the people, much like working at KHSC.”
That right there is why Schick has so many fans at KHSC.
And even though we all can’t attend the induction ceremony in September, we’ll definitely be cheering him on.