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Hall Pass coming to Ti, Crown Point

Hall Pass, a professional music troupe, will perform at Ticonderoga Middle School Monday, Nov. 21, 1 to 2:30 p.m. It will repeat its performance Tuesday, Nov. 22, 1 to 3 p.m. at Crown Point Central School. The group includes, back from left, Janelle “j.RENEÉ” Bechdol, co-creator and headlining singer; Holly Monelle Murchison, the Hall Pass co-creator, tour manager and host; front, Jamal “ScienZe” Monsanto, headlining emcee; Jemar “Meezy” Souza, assistant tour manager and digital marketer;  and Michael “DJ Kraff” Lawrence, tour DJ.

Hall Pass, a professional music troupe, will perform at Ticonderoga Middle School Monday, Nov. 21, 1 to 2:30 p.m. It will repeat its performance Tuesday, Nov. 22, 1 to 3 p.m. at Crown Point Central School. The group includes, back from left, Janelle “j.RENEÉ” Bechdol, co-creator and headlining singer; Holly Monelle Murchison, the Hall Pass co-creator, tour manager and host; front, Jamal “ScienZe” Monsanto, headlining emcee; Jemar “Meezy” Souza, assistant tour manager and digital marketer; and Michael “DJ Kraff” Lawrence, tour DJ.

— Crown Point and Ticonderoga students will take part in concerts with a message.

Hall Pass, a professional music troupe, will perform at Ticonderoga Middle School Monday, Nov. 21, 1 to 2:30 p.m. It will repeat its performance Tuesday, Nov. 22, 1 to 3 p.m. at Crown Point Central School.

“The Hall Pass Tour is exactly that — a concert series,” said Holly Monelle Murchison, the Hall Pass co-creator, tour manager and host. “We hope to inspire more students and concert attendees, in general, to consider higher education and give them the spark and confidence to actively pursue their dreams.”

Murchison compared Hall Pass to a pep rally.

“Have you ever been to a pep rally?,” she asked. “See how excited everyone gets about the big homecoming game? Well, that’s what the Hall Pass Tour is, the pep rally. And college is the big homecoming game. The tour is a series of high energy, K-12 after-school concerts at under-served schools that use music to advance access to higher education and provide a space for communities to support their youth.”

The Hall Pass visits to Ti and Crown Point are being sponsored by the College For Every Student Program.

Some students will actually perform during the concert events. Hall Pass held auditions in Ticonderoga and Crown Point Nov. 7. Student performers were selected to serve as opening acts for the concerts.

“We allow students to take the lead,” Murchison said. “At each school, we hold auditions and select students to either open for our headliners, co-host or co-DJ, and share their college and career aspirations to motivate their peers to dream bigger. We also dish out some cool giveaways, present a variety of awards to students and faculty and provide useful college resources.”

Elaine Dixon, Crown Point principal, is looking forward to the Hall Pass performance.

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