BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Some Biloxi students have stars in their eyes and nerves to shake off. On Friday night, members of the Biloxi High Show Choir will be sharing the stage with one of the most popular rock and roll bands in the world.
They have been tuning up their vocal chords since Tuesday, making sure they hit all the right notes. Friday night, the students will be standing on stage with Foreigner, singing the choruses of the band's classic number one hit 'I Want to Know What Love Is.'
"It's like a dream come true. I mean, I never imagined just being a sophomore in high school and being able to sing with Foreigner," said Biloxi High sophomore Corey Brown. "That's just amazing. Just being able to be up there with them, share the spotlight a little bit and get our name out there."
"We've been practicing together and alone. It's really nerve-racking though," said Biloxi High junior Bethany Stokes.
The 26 members of the Biloxi High Show Choir didn't have much time to rehearse. They just learned over the Christmas break that they had received the most nominations through a local radio contest. Their voices jumped a few octaves when they got the news.
"I screamed. I was like, 'Oh my gosh, mom.' I was speechless," said Bethany.
"I just screamed and my nana's like, 'You're such a drama queen,'" said Corey.
Many in the group claimed to be big Foreigner fans, even though they weren't even born yet when the band came to life.
"I don't know all the music, but I know this song by them is the most popular song. To know that we get to perform with a band of that high of a caliber, that's what makes it exciting," said Biloxi High sophomore Ryan Raines.
"I love their music," said Bethany.
"'Jukebox Hero' is a favorite. 'Hot Blooded' is a really good one. I love it. Of course, the song we're singing with them," said Corey.
The students have performed in front of small audiences before, but this time, they'll be singing at the Hard Rock Casino before a sold out crowd.
"It's a little intimidating, a lot intimidating, singing in front of a bunch of people you don't know," said Ryan.
"If they just get over being star struck and over all the hundreds of people in the audience, they're going to do great," said Biloxi High Choral Director Jennifer Scrimpshire. "What an experience for the kids, really something they'll never get to do again. It's definitely once in a lifetime."
Foreigner will also donate $500 to the Biloxi High Choral program. Before and after the concert, the students will be selling CDs of the band's greatest hits to raise money for Foreigner's charity partner, The Grammy Foundation.
The organization provides funds for high school music programs to help keep music education alive. The program has raised more than $1 million so far.