“Best thing to happen to the music scene on campus in years.” – Jackie Bailey, student.
Once upon a time there was a school which held regular concerts every semester. While every show had quality performers, there was a missing element in every concert, the electric guitar.
Students in time passed had lobbied countless times for a change in policy to allow the electric guitar. Every plea was rejected. It was during the Spring semester of 2011 that I was asked to attempt to change the policy.
In a discussion with other students about the possibility of electric guitars becoming allowed, many students and faculty shared the same feeling, “It’s been tried before, and all have failed.” It was at this moment that a student perked up, “It’s never been tried by Chris Luke.”
After initial discussions I was able to uncover the top three reasons the school felt uncomfortable with the idea of electric guitars:
1. The nature of the music which generally featured the electric guitar might contradict with the policies of the school. (BYU-Idaho, a private LDS school)
2. The music played might ignite an environment which could get out of control, thus endangering the attendees and performers alike.
3. The musicians eager to use the electric guitar might become unruly, thus promoting a potentially dangerous environment.
I took the above concerns, and formulated a proposal to address those three problems. My solutions were as follows:
1. If we make it so only cover songs are allowed, we can control the song content through a pre-approved list of songs, thus ensuring that the music played will be in line with the policies of the school.
2. Those same approved cover songs would be such that they would not be prone to create a sense of chaos or disorder.
3. I would personally be accountable for the actions of the performers, and guaranteed a good performance.
With some reservation, the proposal was approved, and iCover became. In its first and second pilot shows, it sold out a smaller venue, and has since replaced the reigning largest concert on campus.
I am proud of what iCover has become. To me, it represents a creative problem and solution process, combined with effective leadership, management, and creative expression.
Further coverage of this event can be found at BYU-Idaho’s news room, iComm.
“Innovation, and the ability make that innovation a reality. That is Chris Luke.” – Kyle Slaughter, student.
“iCover, and by direct correlation Chris Luke, brought new life into a branch of Talent Activities that was falling in its attendance and popularity.” – Kris Powell, faculty adviser.
“If only Chris Luke could manage this event every semester!” – Jared Cadogan, musician.
“iCover seemed impossible to achieve here. In-fact, it had been attempted many times and failed at some point or another. Then Chris Luke came in, got it approved, and carried it out with precision and exactness, making the impossible possible… giving us the opportunity to share our talents in a way not previously offered here.” – Jason Lucas, musician.