It was an experience they’ll likely never forget. A group of 16 Derek Taylor School students joined country star Johnny Reid on stage at his Grande Prairie show this weekend at Revolution Place.
The grade five to grade eight students joined him for his song “Today I’m Gonna Try and Change the World” after rehearsing for weeks. Choir director Genna Putt says they are still beaming from the experience.
“One of my little boys, he’s been a Johnny Reid fan since he was very, very young, and he was so emotional he actually broke down in tears; Johnny Reid was so amazing with him. I’m so proud of the kids; they were very strong and held it together for the performance and did a fantastic job.
In addition to the show, the kids took part in a full day of meet and greets and dress rehearsals. Putt hopes it shows the importance of music education.
“[It] helps with math and coordination and many different things. The experiences that the kids grasp from these, it’s amazing to see the enthusiasm and the passion that the kids have.”
The Public School District benefited from a MusiCounts grant several years ago and was approached by the Canadian music education charity a few weeks before the concert. Reid is an ambassador for the charity, and a dollar from each ticket goes towards programs like musical instruments for schools.
Putt says she’s grateful that her school supports its music program as much as it does. She calls it an opportunity they’ll never forget and says they are all so grateful.