East Liverpool students sing backup at Foreigner concert

The GRAMMY Foundation helps to raise money for schools' music programs

Members of the East Liverpool High School Choir sang backup for rock band Foreigner at Mountaineer Casino.

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – Members of the East Liverpool High School Choir sang backup for rock band Foreigner Saturday night at Mountaineer Casino in West Virginia.

The band likes to bring in community choirs to sing with them on stage, something they’ve done on multiple occasions through the GRAMMY Foundation, which helps raise money for schools’ music programs. The students help perform a song, and in the end, Foreigner helps students’ choir programs.

“This is so exciting. You don’t get this opportunity, like, ever,” said junior Katie Hamilton.

Before taking the stage, the students sold CDs and merchandise to Foreigner fans.

“It’s pretty cool. I mean I never thought I’d be here singing behind a really popular band,” said senior Zoey Brooks.

Foreigner’s bassist, Jeff Pilson, says having high school choirs join them on stage is a thrill and a highlight of his day.

“So it’s something that is very near and dear to our hearts, and something we believe in. I think it’s just important for everybody to help out their community in any way they can,” Pilson said.

The choir spent weeks practicing for the big show. They had to mix in the song during their class time while simultaneously preparing for a class concert.

For some students, being under the bright lights was a dream come true.

“When I was little I wanted to be a singer,” said senior Sydney Dawson.

For others, it was a great way to end the school year.

“I’m beyond grateful that i’ve gotten this opportunity. Especially closing out my senior year. I have two days left, so having this to do before I end it, I can’t think of a better way,” said senior Brooke Meyers.

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