WASHINGTON — The local show has already drawn concert-goers from several hours away including Carl Wagonblast from Merrillville, Ind.
“It’s just an awesome, awesome show. I first saw the legends when they were playing in local county fairs around 2007,” Wagonblast said. “It was just like being at a Beatles concert. The guys in the group are just awesome and so personable. They work so well with the kids.”
Wagonblast and his wife will make the four hour and 20 minute trek from Merrillville with a group of friends.
“We are going to leave home early, drive down and grab something to eat and watch the show then head back home.”
Every aspect of the show is just as it would be if the performance was taking place in Branson but the students will get to work with technology and lighting crews as well.
“Our tech crew worked the stage for Journey and our lighting people have worked on cruise ships. They are all very good and show the students the ropes,” said Scott.
“It has been widely reported and proven that music is the one perfect way for humans to communicate and relate to each other regardless of culture or the part of the world they live in,” said Louise Harrison.
“My brother and his pals instinctively knew this and joyfully used music to unite in many ways all the people or at least all the people that would listen. This is part of why it is really important to keep music alive in schools.”
So far, Harrison and Scott have said that students who have played the group have had a very positive experience. “They walk away knowing they have been part of something positive and full of joy,” Harrison said.
“For me,” Scott said, “it is so fun because the kids don’t know what to expect when we (the band) gets to the school. We tell them, Okay, we are doing a rock and roll show here so forget everything your teacher has told you!’”