Friday night, members of the Gautier High School Choir will give the performance of a lifetime at Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi. The students will take to the stage with the rock band Foreigner, all thanks to an award winning music video they created.
Foreigner has had numerous hits over the last 35 years. "I want to know what love is" was one of their best known, and is also the one the choir members will lend their voices to.
So how do the students feel about their new found stardom?
"I'm not used to it at all," choir member Emily Fisher said. "Some of them might be, but I'm actually really nervous. My parents are going to be out there, so I'm pretty excited for that too."
Lauren Steen also sings in the choir.
"It's really nerve-racking, but it's going to be fun. Not every day stuff you get to do, perform with Foreigner," Steen explained.
Choir Director Kathy Smith is pulling all the right strings, getting her students prepared for the big moment. "
I am very, very proud. For these kids to do things outside of the classroom and want to do them outside of the classroom, more than what's expected of them, is just wonderful. It means a lot to me," Smith said.
Now you might think that a high school choir and a legendary rock and roll band might not have a lot in common. But that wouldn't be true. They can actually learn from each other, according to choir member Adam McMahon.
"You learn how to work with others because they're a band, so they obviously have to work together," McMahon said. "You also learn how to interact with the audience and how you keep your music flowing throughout the set."
By the way, this is not the first time the Gautier High choir has performed with Foreigner. They also appeared on stage with the band last year during a performance at the IP Casino.