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Baxter Springs H.S. Choir Rehearses to Sing with Foreigner

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  Some Baxter Springs Kansas students go back to the classroom to get ready to rock. The high school choir will take stage with the classic rock band, “Foreigner” Friday night at Downstream Casino.

“I want to know what love is,” sing choir members as they rehearse for their first ever rock concert performance.  On Friday night they’ll sing backup for the band Foreigner on this song.

Emma Smith, an incoming senior said, "I am so excited. I don't really know the band foreigner very well, but I know them enough to be really excited about it."

‘I Want to Know What Love Is’  was a hit released in 1984.

Smith said, "I was born in 1999."  True of  most choir members.

Despite the decades long generation gap students are ready relate.

Korben Frisbee said, “It’s gonna give me things to tell my kids that are pretty cool. ‘You will never hear about this band but  back in the day, when I was younger it was a pretty big deal. So, I got to sing with these people. It’s gonna be like a life lesson.”

Libby Thomasson was equally excited, "It’s going to be awesome. I've always wanted to be on stage with famous people, so."

Performing with a rock band  may be a onetime experience,  but students say there are lots of benefits from being in choir.

Anthony Simon said, "Being in choir, it’s helped me be like a more extroverted person, helped me be more outgoing.  Singing in front of people, it helps build relationships with close friends  and stuff.  You just have fun it’s just about having fun."

Foreigner does one hundred forty shows a year, donating five hundred dollars  to the school choir and giving all proceeds of a greatest hits concert cd’s sales to the Grammy Foundation.

Foreigner’s public relations director John Lappen said, "Seven years in and counting, it’s been about a million dollars that all the choirs have raised over the years."

 He added the band loves, “Seeing the expressions on kids’ faces  when they float off stage as opposed to walking on stage when they’re done."

Brenda Locke and her students say it’s great the band supports kids through music in schools.  "Absolutely, they're (rock stars) role models whether they want to be or not they are role models and its extremely important."

Emma Smith praised their efforts. She said, “I think that’s so awesome because a lot of schools are struggling with their music programs and this is a great way to help keep music and the arts alive."

Foreigner celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and will perform Friday at Downstream Casino. It’s hits go as far back as the late 1970's

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