Battlefield High School choir members share stage with Foreigner
Posted on 07/03/2018
Battlefield High choir members prepare to take stage with ForeignerSome talented Battlefield High School students got a taste of rock stardom this past weekend as they took the stage with the legendary band Foreigner in concert at Jiffy Lube Live.

Twenty-five students representing Battlefield's six choirs performed the classic No. 1 single “I Want to Know What Love Is” with the band on June 29.

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 “It's such a wonderful opportunity for these kids to be able to represent their school on stage with an iconic group," Battlefield choir director Douglas Burney said. "What an awesome way for Foreigner to give back to kids to help a new generation chase their dreams."

Burney said he received an invitation for his students to sing with Foreigner via an email from group marketing director John Lappen. Over the past nine years, Foreigner has provided this opportunity to more than 500 high school choirs from across the nation in an effort to promote music education in public schools; Forest Park High School and Stonewall Jackson High were among them. Stonewall Jackson choir director Wanda Boley recommended the Battlefield Choir to Lappen for this year's appearance at Jiffy Lube Live.

2018 Battlefield graduate Jackson Burns was one of the lucky choir students to take the stage with Foreigner. Burns has had many memorable experiences over his four years as a member of the BHS choral program, including his choir's performance in the WorldStrides competition in Boston. But this chance to sing with Foreigner tops the list.

"Singing with Foreigner is a ridiculous opportunity," noted Burns."I got to sing with a legacy. 'I Want to Know What Love Is' was my mom's prom theme, so it really shows the lasting impact they have had on music."

In addition to the experience, Foreigner is donating $500 to Battlefield’s choir program. Together with its charity partner, The Grammy Foundation, Foreigner is dedicated to helping keep music education in the core curriculum in high schools across North America.

"The kids in the choral program represent the best of what BHS and PWCS has to offer," commented Burney. "These kids got to rock it out in front of 20,000 people. Something neither they, nor their parents will ever forget."

BHS choir members prepare to take the stage with Foreigner

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