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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.

— “We first learned about the Hall Pass Tour through CFES,” Dixon said. “We thought it sounded like a lot of fun and are all well aware that we have many talented students here at Crown Point.”

The Hall Pass concert in Crown Point will help kick off the school’s bullying prevention program.

“We hope to have several things accomplished by having the tour at Crown Point,” Dixon sad. “First of all, it gives our talented students a chance to shine and audition with a professional company. The tour group asked all of the students to try to send a positive message with their performance and uplift someone else, our hope is that the entire day will be uplifting and encourage our students to be the best they can be. In combining the two programs, we hope that at the very least the students see the connection with success in life and treating others with dignity and kindness.”

Bruce Tubbs. Ticonderoga Elementary-Middle School principal, learned about Hall Pass a year ago.

“Last year we had the chance to have the lead singer, Janelle Bechdol, visit our school to do a talk about her journey through college as a music major, her experiences as a contestant on American Idol and her trip to Hollywood, and her work she is doing as the education program manager for Ernst and Young LLP,” Tubbs said. “At that time we had her do a short performance for the middle school.  She and some of her music friends have now put together a program called the Hall Pass Tour, which combines music and leadership as students look toward planning for college.”

Tubbs is looking forward to the Ti show.

“I think that this will be an opportunity for our students to not only perform with some professional musicians, but to get an extremely positive message about looking toward and planning for their future beyond high school,” he said. “In addition, we have done a great deal of work with CFES through mentoring using college athletics to connect with our students.  That has been very successful, however, using music we will be able to reach even more students in getting the message out to start planning for college.  I think it is very important that the planning process begin as early as possible and using the talents of the Hall Pass Tour will be both engaging and educational for our students.”

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