The Nashville Knack: Waker

The Nashville Knack: Waker

It's time to wake up!

Waker is not your typical Belmont band. They did not sit around in a circle playing “Wonderwall” to lure in the girls that walked by. While that would be nice, Waker’s goal in music was to get people moving, dancing, and to experience music in a unique way. When you break down the band’s history, a full story unfolds. This is Waker.

Chase Bader and Conor Kelly, both childhood friends from Colorado and songwriters, started in music as a duo ready to take the world by storm. In 2012, these two put some music together, but felt that there was a missing piece or two.

The missing piece was Ryan Ladd, who is the bass player, filled in one piece of the puzzle. They jammed together on and off campus, but, again, there was something missing. Alex Matthews stepped in to play some mean saxophone after meeting Ryan in the cafeteria, by chance. The gap was temporarily closed with the addition of Ryan McClanahan on percussion. The result was Koa.

The way this band could get people from slouching in their seats, drooling, due to the opening band to dancing, jumping, and rooting the band on was a phenomenal feat on its own. Songs like “Lover” ties in the Conor’s groovy guitar riff, Alex’s lively saxophone skills, Ryan’s ability to change timing on a the drums in such a seamless transition, and Chase’s syrupy voice and John Mayer-esque acoustic guitar skills brings the light to a dark room.

The band has created such a strong foundation in their music. They took their leap of faith playing at festivals such as ACL, Hangout, SXSW, Firefly, and Wakarusa. Of course the band wanted to continue their growth. This led to their 2015 release of their latest EP, more bands members in 2016, and name change.

In the summer of 2016, Dave Czuba was added as the drummer, and David Crutcher was added as the pianist/ organist. These two guys completed the vision of Chase and Conor, but this would not come without a name change from Koa to Waker.

The name Waker represents exactly what they expect the audience to do when they enter the room, wake up. At Belmont University’s 2016 Battle Of The Bands, Waker stepped onto the stage full of energy. Chase stepped up to the microphone with his acoustic guitar two feet away from me. People started to crowd in front of the stage as the band showcased their arsenal of music.

The amount of talent that stood before me on stage took my breath away. Every note, every lyric, every knock on the drums, and every second was pure, breathtaking, and almost fanciful if it were not for the lights blinding me during song changes.

The coolest part of their show was the fact Chase’s guitar string broke, yet he was not phased compensating for what most guitarists would stop playing until their guitar was changed. Chase kept playing his heart out, and that is the symbolic reason for Waker’s success. No matter the situation, Waker rocks their heart out combining rock, jazz, soul, funk, and electric music.

There is not a doubt that Waker will continue to rise. The fire behind the band’s spirit will conquer new grounds in music. Waker will continue to tour in 2016, and they plan to release new music in 2017. “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”-Victor Hugh

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Cisco is the worldwide leader in IT and networking.

The most popular and useful certification programs in the field of IT business are provided by the Cisco. The credentials are for beginners to advance level. Read on to get some answers concerning Cisco certifications and its accessible assignments.

Cisco certifications have been demonstrated to help organize experts to get a higher position, an increment in their salaries, remain employed and it also helps to approve their insight on directing, exchanging, outlining and securing everything Cisco

However, Cisco additionally offers networking, storage, applications for binding together interchanges, inbound-communications and coordinated effort (WebEx), and a variety of administrations from the simplest product to the final solutions for the server farms and cloud administration.

To get the confirmation that IT experts have the basic skills to support the Cisco products and are able to solve all the technology related problems of the customers. 

The Cisco Certifications Programs from the entry level to an advanced level that covers all the important aspects. The step by step learning helps them to gain the knowledge about all the major and minor aspects.

Each level requires different credentials depending on the level you are attending. For the entry level, you acquire fewer credentials and prerequisites. But for the highest level, you have to prove the right prerequisites and need to meet all of its requirements.

General Overview of Cisco Certifications:

Cisco includes the following credentials:

• Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)

• Cisco Certified Technician (CCT)

• Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA)

• Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) 

• Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)

• Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)

• Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)

• Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE)

• Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr)

Different programs and paths are provided by the Cisco, the two main branches are network design and network operation.

Cisco organizing certifications stepping stone starts with the entry-level CCENT accreditation, jumps to the CCNA, at that point to the CCNP, and comes looping with the CCIE.In case you're more outline situated, you could consider the start-up with the CCENT, moving to the CCDA, at that point the Expert-level CCDP, trailed by the CCDE, and complete the program by acquiring the CCAr.

Different specialized programs are also provided by the Cisco. The list includes the following:

• Rich Media

• Security

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Cisco’s Entry level Program:

Cisco beginning level introduces the two levels, CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) and CCT (Cisco Certified Technician). There is no need to obtain the prerequisites. Candidates must have to pass the simple test for each of the credential.

A professional should have to keep the information and aptitude to make the installments, work and investigate a little to branch the networking arrangements, including essential system security. 

The  CCENT guaranteed proficient installments, keeps up and investigates little systems or a branch of an endeavor system, and executes fundamental system security. The CCENT qualification is an essential for relate-level accreditations, for example, the CCNA and CCDA. 

The CCT works nearby in client areas, diagnosing issues and repairing or supplanting system related hardware. A CCT can pick one of a few claim to fame tracks, which may incorporate Data Center, Telepresence, Routing, Switching and associating the important data.

Cisco’s Associate Level Program:

Associate levels, mostly synonymous with understudy or establishment levels, start with the Cisco Career Programming Certifications. They contain the CCDA and CCNA accreditation ways. 


The CCNA perceives essential abilities in introducing, supporting and investigating wired or potentially remote systems. It is an essential for the expert level CCNP affirmation. Essentials for the CCNA depending upon the arrangement track picked as to pass the required exams. All arrangement tracks require possibly maybe a couple exams. 


Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) experts can configuration directed and exchanged system foundations, including WANs, LANs and dial get to administrations for organizations and associations.

The CCDA does not have a copious supplement of the books for considering, yet in its training camps located at the Training Campaigns, there were examined every one of the choices and at last settledon the CCDA Exam Programming Guide as the best asset.

Cisco’s Professional Level Program:

Cisco's professional level qualifications incorporate two primary projects: Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP). To get the CCDP, one must pass three accreditation exams and have both the CCDA and CCNA Routing and Switching qualifications or any Cisco CCIE confirmation. 

The CCNP qualification perceives experts who design, send and investigate nearby systems and wide territory systems. The CCNP tracks are the same as those for the CCNA, except for Industrial and Cyber Ops, which are not provided by the CCNP. 

Cisco’s Expert Level Program:

Cisco's Expert-level accreditations additionally incorporate two principle confirmations: the desired Cisco Certified Internet work Expert (CCIE) and the Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE). There are no requirements for either confirmation, however, you should pass a composed exam and a thorough practical exam for each of these accreditations. 

The CCDE distinguishes specialists who plan framework answers for vast enterprise surroundings, which incorporate innovative, operational, business and spending part of a project. 

The CCIE has expert specialized abilities and learning about Cisco networking and arrangements in one of the CCIE specialized tracks, which right now incorporate Collaboration, Service Provider, Wireless, Data Center, Security, Routing, and Switching. Passing the CCIE exam is not just possible without the help of sites for example PrepAway Cisco section provides Exam Questions and dumps along with video training courses from top notch trainers who have over 15 years of industry experience to help students pass their exams!

Cisco’s Fields With Vast Career Goals

Cisco certifications are uniquely designed under all the level and provide assistance in different area selection. For the skilled Cisco’s professional job opportunities are plentiful. But it varies from their experience and network operations and simulated networking design. 

Some of the most common job opportunities are:

  • CCENT that helps in technician roles
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  • CCIE that includes the expert level architect

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