Willsboro They want to be “Juke Box Heroes,” and may just get their chance depending on how the vote falls.
Members of the Willsboro Central School Chorus have the chance to take to the Flynn Center stage in Burlington, Vt., with 80’s rock band Foreigner as a finalist for a contest sponsored by local radio station WIZN as part of its 30th anniversary celebration.
In order to make their rock and roll dreams come true, they have to beat out three other regional school choirs, including Plattsburgh High School, Essex, Vt. High School and Colchester, Vt. High School.
Willsboro music teacher Jennifer Moore said another teacher approached her about the contest, which had schools submit videos of their chorus singing a Foreigner song.
“I told the kids about the project and what they would have to do and then I told them who they would be performing with,” Moore said. “They had no idea who Foreigner was.”
Thus started the educational experience, as Moore reviewed videos of such hits as “Cold as Ice,” “Double Vision,” and “I Want to Know What Love Is.”
“They were jazzed right up,” Moore said. “We had community members that wanted to help out so we put together a rock band, learned the song and shot the video.”
The song they chose was, “Juke Box Hero,” submitting the video through YouTube then learning that they were finalist for the contest, which will be decided by voting at the WIZN website (wizn.com) between now and 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31.
“It was really fun for them and we have our fingers crossed,” Moore said. “Even if they do not get this chance, it has already been an achievement because they did the work and followed through.”
Moore said chances like this are important when it comes to arts education.
“In these small schools, kids make up their mind about who they are and giving them these arts experiences to try out is vital,” she said. “They can take the experience or they can leave it, but at least they tried it out.”
Along with the chance to perform with the band, Foreigner will donate $500 to the winning program as a way of saying thanks.