VERGENNES - Tim Janis, well known for his "Music with a Mission" has worked on many philanthropic projects with artists such as Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Ray Charles, Andre Previn, and The New York Philharmonic. He has also produced fund raising programs for PBS with George Clooney and James Earl Jones.
Vergennes Union High School, along with other high school choirs from across Vermont, performed with Tim Janis and his ensemble in a recent television special "Celebrate America", created by Janis to spotlight our nation's youth and pull communities together in a celebration of music that uplifts and inspires.
The program was taped at Vermont Public Television in early October.
The Vergennes Union students did an exceptional job singing "Shenandoah".
Student Courtney Andersen said, "The experience was bigger than I ever imagined. It was wonderful." Another student Ann Clancy said, "It was an honor to be part of this." Student John DeVos, said, "I hope people who watch Vergennes will see we can do it; we can perform."
Not only does Celebrate America give local youth a life-changing opportunity, but it also teaches students the importance of contributing to community.