TAD choral concert honors hometown heroes

Published 12:01 am Saturday, May 2, 2015

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The T. A. Dugger Junior High School choral department will be singing the praises of hometown heroes during their spring concert Tuesday night.

The concert, Music Speaks, Music Gives, will feature students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade. The show begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in the TAD auditorium.

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The show is also a fundraiser for Team Wandell, which helps support the medical costs for East Side Principal Josh Wandell who was diagnosed with ALS.

This year’s spring concert is a tribute to all the “hometown heroes” who can be found in a community, choral director Amy Price said.

“We started thinking about all the people in this town that do so much for the community,” Price said. “There are the people who work in the schools, in their churches or just anywhere in the community to make it a better place.”

Sixth-grade student Madison Arney helped to develop the name for the spring concert.

“I just thought about it, and music is inspiring and music gives back to you,” Arney said. “I just put it together and everyone agreed it was a good name.”

The group decided to make the show a fundraiser for Team Wandell because they consider Wandell to be a hometown hero.

“So many of the kids were impacted by Dr. Wandell,” Price said. “He was their principal for many years before they came to T.A. Dugger.”

The choral classes have been working on the spring concert since they returned to school in January from Christmas break. The show will feature songs such as “Brave” by Sara Bareilles, “Roar” by Katy Perry, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams and “We are Family” by Sister Sledge, among others.

Some of the songs in the show have special meanings for the students as they perform them.

“True Colors” and “Try” are favorite selections for sixth-grade student Abby Jack.

“True Colors encourages you to embrace being yourself,” Jack said. “’Try’ tells you to keep trying and pushing until you make it.”

Arney added that “Opportunity” by Sia is her personal favorite.

“This is our opportunity to show we can do,” she said. “It is inspirational.”

Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for children. Additional donations will be accepted, Price said.