August 9, 25 members of the Chesterton Sandpipers performed with the
legendary rock band Foreigner on stage at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at
Northerly Island in Chicago, Illinois. The band is currently on their
celebratory 40th Anniversary Tour as they honor their hit songs over the
past four decades.
Kristin Morris, CHS
Sandpipers director, entered the group into a contest in May and learned in
mid-June that they had been selected to be the featured choir to sing
back-up with the band on the classic “I Want to Know What Love Is.”
LiveNation was able to provide the 25 members plus their five chaperones and
the director free entry to watch the concert before they went on stage for
their big moment.
“It was an amazing
experience,” Morris said. “I had tears in my eyes as I stood back stage and
got to see those students up there, with such an amazing band, in front of
thousands of people! This was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and I
am so blessed that this will be something these students are able to
remember for the rest of their lives.”
Students were both
excited and nervous as they lined up backstage waiting to go on. “It was
definitely a once in a lifetime experience and an absolutely incredible
moment,” said junior Sandpiper member Ben Larimer.
“It felt kind of
surreal because you don’t ever think you will have the opportunity to sing
with a classic rock band like that. But it was unbelievable and I am so
grateful for the opportunity,” said junior member Elle Hodge.
The Indiana State
Senate and Senator Karen Tallian from District #4 also sent a congratulatory
note, along with a Certificate of Recognition and Achievement for
representing Indiana as part of Foreigner’s 40th Anniversary Tour.
Corporation, Chesterton High School and members of the community are very
proud of these hometown kids and their commitment to music and love of
performance. Congratulations to these students on being selected and honored
participating were Agia Amezcua-Bone, Eric Amling, Calvin Anders, Sidney
Augustyn, Connor Boren, Zachary Bryant, Emily Coleman, Bethany Collins,
Emily Conway, Logan Ginther, Maddy Haskell, Emma Healy, Elle Hodge, Rebecca
Lane, Benjamin Larimer, Alec Malenfant, Steven Mayersky, Sage Rodriguez,
Priscilla Sabourin, Caroline Scheidt, Mackenzie Simmons, Jordyn Soffa,
Jaeden Taylor, Anthony Watkins and Elizabeth Watts.