School assembly morphs into surprise rock concert

Members of the Spring Creek student orchestra and band join Going Second in mass performance on stage.

<strong>PROVIDENCE—</strong> Spring Creek Middle School students crowded the gymnasium to attend what was scheduled to be just another school assembly. There was a dull chatter among peers and any effort to quiet the hum was ineffective.

As the students organized themselves into tidy rows, each took a seat as they had done hundreds of times before. For all they knew, this was nothing more than yet another attempt to discourage drug use, encourage school attendance and promote a bully-free campus.

But those expectations were quickly abandoned as their “lecturers” invited them to rush the stage and properly enjoy the upcoming, full-production rock concert.

By 10:05 Tuesday morning, that middle school gym was less about dodge ball and more about neon lights, thumping bass and squealing teens.

“Make sure you thank your principal,” said Going Second’s lead vocalist Ferril Trevor, as the crowd cheered and the band concluded their first song.

Going Second is a Salt Lake City-based pop-punk band on tour with the Music Makes Music foundation, a nonprofit organization advocating drug-free lifestyles and education. The band travels from school to school sharing an important message in an important way.

“Do I have some musicians in this place?” guitarist Mike Crowder asked the audience.

The students screamed their answer as they collectively celebrated the school band, orchestra and choir programs. Trevor and Crowder told the kids their had it good at Spring Creek, because many schools are going without any music programs.

The band members took every opportunity between songs to educate and motivate their audience. Their main objectives were music education, higher education and avoiding drugs and alcohol.

Going Second, deemed as both the Music Makes Music guinea pig and “the ambassador band,” were performing their 215th Tuesday morning concert and are currently on an 80-school, “Music is Sick” tour.

The band visits each school with a full agenda: a morning assembly, lunch with the kids and class time with teachers. They reinforce their message in all three settings, and involve the students by asking what music means to them. The whole purpose of this program is to “educate, motivate and inspire tomorrow’s musicians.” And the foundation claims they are on to something good.

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