Greenwood choir will sing with Foreigner in Sunday concert

The Greenwood H.S. choir practices before Sunday's big show.

GREENWOOD, Ind. (WTHR) - The British-American rock band Foreigner released the chart-topping power ballad I Want to Know What Love Is in November 1984. The teenagers in the Greenwood Community High School vocal jazz choir were not even born when the song climbed to number one in the United States and United Kingdom. Many of their parents were teenagers themselves just starting to figure out what love is. Sunday night, 25 choir members join Foreigner on stage for their concert at Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville.

"I think a lot of us, especially me, are very excited to go on stage with this big band that my parents loved, but I don't think a lot of people really know a lot about Foreigner here to be honest," said Greenwood senior Tanner Gipson. "I'm pretty pumped to not just be able to see them. I do enjoy their music, but also being on stage with them is pretty cool. Not a lot of people experience that. I think it's fantastic."

Junior Megan McElyea entered a video audition of her choir in a contest back in May for the chance to sing with Foreigner in concert.

"I grew up with the music and when I heard about it I was floored that they were even doing something like that and I was even more astonished when we won," said McElyea. "Awesome, just awesome. I love the music and I can't wait to sing with them. I think that will be a great experience and definitely one of the top memories I'll have in my life."

Foreigner has sold over 75 million albums worldwide with hits like Hot Blooded, Jukebox Hero, Cold as Ice, Double Vision and Urgent. But their best known and most enduring son is I Want to Know What Love Is. The band invites local choirs at each tour stop to sing along on stage and donates $500 to the choir program.

Greenwood choir director Dan Borns says his choir sang the national anthem before a Cincinnati Reds game a couple of years ago. But this will be a unique experience to perform with a legendary rock band.

"I think it's cool to get our name out there and be part of something bigger that's bigger than just this school," said Greenwood choir director Dan Borns. "I think they're getting more excited about it as we get closer to the event. Some of them have those aspirations of being performers, so maybe to see what's it's like to be behind the scenes will be pretty neat."

"You always wonder what it's like to be a rock 'n roll person, a person of fame and a celebrity," said McElyea, who has never been to a concert at Klipsch. "It's kind of like an insight to what it's like in their day to day lives."
The concert is Sunday night at 7:00, with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience opening for Foreigner. Tickets are still available.

The students say their parents may be more excited than they are about going to the concert. The Greenwood vocal jazz choir, dressed in black shirts and blue jeans, will join Foreigner on stage near the end of the set.