WASHINGTON — It’s not every day that high school kids get to put on a Broadway style show in their own auditorium. It’s also not every day that those same high school kids from a small southern Indiana town better known for its athletic prowess than anything get to perform with a Grammy nominated and top rated musical group out of Branson, Mo.
On Friday night, the possibility of being on stage with the Liverpool Legends, a Beatles tribute band that was hand selected by Louise Harrison, George’s sister, will become a reality for students involved in the Washington High School band.
About 18 months ago, The Liverpool Legends and Louise Harrison started “Help Keep Music Alive,” a program that pairs high schools across the country with the musical foursome to earn funds for music education. So far, about 50 shows have been put on.
“Before the program was started, we’d have student groups come to Branson and open shows for us,” said Marty Scott, who portrays George Harrison. “We thought afterward, wouldn’t it be great if we do something to help the schools.”
Each participating school is provided the music charts for the Beatles songs so that students can learn the music before the full length concert. “Everyone knows these songs and a lot of times, the kids don’t think they know the songs but they do,” said Scott.
The Liverpool Legends will perform the first half of the show and the high school band will participate in the second half. The concert will cover early Beatles music all the way through the Sergeant Pepper era.
“This is not a high school production. This was voted the top show in Branson and people will be able to come here, to Washington, Ind., and see this great show at a great price,” said Scott.