Our own Grandstand Show Musical Director, David Pierce, brings home the Emmy for Outstanding Musical Direction!! Dave won this incredible award, beating out his “acknowledged ‘heroes’ in the music biz” – people like Canadian Producer David Foster and Hairspray composer Marc Shaiman.  An incredible feat! Congratulations Dave!!   

Best known for his fresh approach to orchestral writing, Emmy-award winner Dave Pierce is as equally comfortable conducting a 100 piece live studio orchestra as he is producing a midi-score using computers and samplers.  His sound has been described by Film Score Monthly as “son of John Williams meets Jerry Goldsmith”. Critically acclaimed across music genres, Pierce’s style spans from big band  to cinematic infused scores.  

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Dave Pierce wins the Emmy!!

An alumnus of Berklee College of Music (1992), Pierce regularly works in all major markets; New York, L.A., Nashville, Toronto and Vancouver.  He orchestrated music for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Concert Tour and Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel, and has worked with legendary entertainment producers to develop many successful projects including The Calgary Stampede’s Evening Grandstand Show, Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular featuring The Rockettes, NBC’s Macy’s Parade and many television awards shows including the ACMA’s in USA and the Gemini Awards in Canada.   

In 2010, Pierce was the Music Director and Composer for the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. His scores accompanied the Opening, Medals and Closing Ceremonies which were viewed by a television audience of 3.5 billion people.  The Olympic project entailed scoring over five hours of original music, producing sessions, developing creative concept with the ceremonies team and conducting over 500 hours of orchestra, choir and big band recordings.
Often referenced by the media as “Canada’s next David Foster”, in August 2010 Pierce won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in the same category as fellow nominee and musical inspiration David Foster. Pierce has arranged music for a multitude of artists including Bryan Adams, Carrie Underwood, Michael Bublé, Nelly Furtado, Jann Arden, Tommy Tune, Sarah McLachlan, k.d. lang, Alanis Morissette and Petula Clark. He has produced gold and platinum selling CD’s including EMI released CD’s for the Opening and Closing of the 2010 Olympic Wintergames featuring Nickelback, Avril Lavigne, Donald Sutherland, Hedley, Simple Plan, K-OS, Joni Mitchell, Measha Brueggergosman, Ben Heppner and Nikki Yanofsky.    

In 2005 Pierce was commissioned to compose a new work for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, featuring a symphony orchestra and one-thousand voice choir.  Symphony Orchestras across North America regularly perform Pierce’s music.

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Dream it, Believe it, Do it!

I had always dreamed of becoming Stampede Royalty and last September I believed in myself enough and made my dream come true! It is that time of year again when the Calgary Stampede along with Katie, Janelle and I want to help make three more girl’s dreams come true. I am saddened by the thought of my year as a Stampede Princess coming to an end, but I am also so thankful and excited by what this amazing opportunity has given me.

Now that Stampede 2010 has ended I can easily recall my favorite moment; standing on stage in front of the Grandstand filled with 20,000 people welcoming everyone to The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth – what a breathtaking moment. Katie, Janelle and I were also so very lucky to travel to Vancouver to the Winter Olympics to promote our great city and this wonderful organization. There are countless events that have touched my heart, one that stands out was the day we were blessed to help a little girl fighting cancer fulfill her dream of becoming a cowgirl for the day. It is things like this that truly make being a Stampede Princess everything I wanted it to be. Lastly I cannot forget the most important thing I’ve taken away from this year, friendship. I now have a long standing relationship with the Stampede organization and all its amazing volunteers. To Katie and Janelle, you two have grown into my heart as family, you will always be two of my very best friends and for that I am so thankful for this opportunity!!

I encourage anyone thinking of running for Stampede Queen and Princesses to do what I did and believe you have what it takes to be the face of The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. You can download an application form from our website, But hurry as the deadline to apply is August 27, 2010!

Until next time, dream big and live proud.

Princess Kirstie

Surviving post-Stampede depression…

Stampede Family and Friends…

As we all have gone our own ways back to our normal routine with the end of another Stampede, the countdown towards the 100th year centennial anniversary of the Calgary Stampede in 2012 begins.  Over the past few weeks over coffees, many of us have been sharing our experiences and noted some of which mimic the 7 Stages of getting-over-Stampede model made by a guy who supposedly only meets girls during the 10 days of Stampede…with a few Grandstand edits ;)

**Disclaimer** For anyone going through a tough time right now, I hope this brings a smile to your face and lightens the load.

Shock & Denial. You probably reacted to learning of the end of Stampede with numbed disbelief. You may have denied the reality of the loss at some level, in order to avoid the pain, attempting to recreate the Stampede experience by wearing your cowboy hat, buckle and boots to work and to bed. Shock provides emotional protection from being overwhelmed all at once. This may last for weeks.

Pain & Guilt. As the shock wears off, it is replaced with the suffering of unbelievable pain. And for some of us, the pain of hearing anything “Stampede” ringing in your ear drums all day long. Although excruciating and almost unbearable, it is important that you experience the pain fully, and not hide it, avoid it or escape from it with alcohol, drugs, or other rodeos. You may have guilty feelings or remorse over the number of mini donuts and pulled pork parfaits you ate or withdrawal from the liquid diet you managed to sustain. Maybe even the number of phone numbers saved in your phone without a name. Life feels chaotic and scary during this unbelievably calm and uneventful phase.

Anger & Bargaining. Frustration gives way to anger, and you may lash out and turn on Country 105 constantly on full blast. Or turn on bright lights and scream “A**less Chaps” in order to recreate the tent feel. Please try to control this, as permanent damage to your relationships could result. This is a time for the release of bottled up emotion. You may also try to bargain in vain with the powers that be for a way out of your despair (“I will never always remember to ask for a name with the number if you just bring Stampede back”).

Depression, loneliness, reflection. Just when your friends may think you should be getting on with your life, a long period of sad reflection will likely overtake you. This is a normal stage of getting over Stampede. During this time, you finally realize the true magnitude of the effect of Stampede upon you, and it depresses you as you reflect on things you did with during the last Stampede, and focus on memories of the past.

The upward turn….as you start to adjust to life without Stampede, your life becomes a little calmer and more organized. Your physical symptoms at the sight or smell of beef or Budweiser lessen, and your “depression” begins to lift slightly.

Reconstruction & Working through…as you become more functional, your mind starts working again, you find yourself seeking realistic solutions to problems posed by life without Stampede (sleeping primarily solves these problems). You start to work on practical issues and reconstructing yourself and your life without the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

Acceptance & Hope! During this, the last of the seven stages in this getting-over-Stampede model, you learn to accept and deal with the reality of your situation. Acceptance does not necessarily mean instant happiness. Given the pain and turmoil you have experienced, you can never return to the carefree, innocent YOU that existed before the whirlwind. But, I promise, you will find a way forward. You will start to look forward and actually plan for next year’s Stampede. Eventually, you will be able to think about your (first, second, twenty-fifth, fiftieth) stampede without pain. You will once again anticipate some good times to come, and yes, even find joy again in the experience of other events.

Just remember, your Stampede Family will always be here on Stampede Park with events, concerts, hockey games, special productions.. and yes the Stampede Casino all year ’round.  Before you know it (in 321 days) the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth will be back!

With love… from everyone part of bringing the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth to the Grandstand near you!

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: August 9 – 15

Dinosaurs have overridden Stampede Park! Well, not really, but this week features dinosaurs roaming the Pengrowth Saddledome and the first-ever Bubbapalooza in Canada in its largest venue yet. Plus, it’s the final week of the See you in 2011 Facebook photo contest, and the search for the 2011 Calgary Stampede Royalty continues.

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