News Staff Writer
ALPENA - Nine schools competed, but two choirs were selected to sing with Foreigner this weekend.
The votes have been counted, Gwinn High School and Alpena High School choirs won the Upper Peninsula radio-sponsored event and will perform on stage at Island Resort and Casino. Gwinn received 157,055 votes and came in first place, while AHS came in second with 138,468 votes, with their performance of Foreigners. "I Want to Know What Love Is."
"We're so excited to sing with Foreigner on Saturday," Jean Martin-Brown, choral director for Alpena Public Schools, said. "All of the choir students knew by the time they went to bed on Sunday night that we won. They went to bed knowing. They worked really hard to keep our scores up, it's an incredible opportunity and experience."
Martin-Brown said a Foreigner representative contacted her Sunday night to congratulate the choir and make arrangements for the weekend performance.
"The band called last night, I was on the phone with a Foreigner representative," she said. "They couldn't get over how many votes there were. Around 500,000 votes were placed between all of the northern Michigan schools. We're really excited to be a part of this."
AHS Concert Choir students will perform "I Want to Know What Love Is," with matching T-shirts on Saturday as the last song in the concert. Martin-Brown said AHS's performance will close the main part of the concert, before Foreigner returns on stage with encores. Besides the performance, Foreigner also will donate $500 to AHS choir, which will help promote Foreigner CDs. Part of the proceeds raised through CDs will go toward funding to help support school music programs.
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