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Alerion Splits With Bassist Ronald Van Schaik

Dutch outfit Alerion has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist:

"We are sad to report that our bass player Ronald van Schaik has left Alerion. In August, Ronald left The Netherlands for Tromsø, Norway, where he will spend the next two years studying for a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture. Aside from that, it will allow him to put more effort into his Cross Country Skiing. You might remember he became double Dutch Champion in that discipline early this year.

"Ronald has been a constant asset to Alerion since the early days almost 7 years ago and appears on all releases, including the upcoming full-length album. He will be missed. We wish Ronald all the best in Norway."

Ronald also issued this statement: "I would like to thank the guys and girl of Alerion and special thanks to Bas which whom I have been in Alerion for 6,5 years! Thanks for all the great times we had together. I will never forget all the nice moments like the many gigs, the fun at band rehearsals ;) and all the other stuff.

"The reason for my departure is I was given the opportunity to follow a very nice 2 years Master study in the North of Norway which for me, together with my love for the country, the mountains and snow, was a great opportunity. So I made the difficult decision to quit Alerion. I wish Alerion all the best and hope they will find a good replacement.

"I hope Alerion will continue creating great music and will perform on many nice gigs. First off is ProgMayhem II, November 23rd! It will be great. Unfortunately I won't be in the country, but when I am and Alerion is playing, I will be standing in the front row!"

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