SONGER STUDIO
GARAGE BAND STUDENTS VISIT JINGLE BALL
WHAT STARTED OUT AS A NIGHT WHERE WE WERE GOING TO TAKE A FEW STUDENTS TO THE JINGLE BALL CONCERT TURNED INTO A VERY EDUCATIONAL AND MAGICAL EVENING FOR MANY OF OUR GARAGE BAND STUDENTS.  

THANKS TO A WONDERFUL PARENT OF A FORMER GARAGE BAND STUDENT, SOME OF OUR GARAGE BAND AND JAZZ BAND STUDENTS RECEIVED A BACKSTAGE TOUR PRIOR TO THE KDWB I-HEART RADIO JINGLE BALL CONCERT ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 AT XCEL ENERGY CENTER IN ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA.  A VERY SNOWY NIGHT TURNED INTO A MAGICAL NIGHT AS OUR TOUR GUIDE JOEL MET US AND TOOK US DOWN TO THE UNDERBELLY OF THE STADIUM.  

THE FIRST SCENE WAS SEEING THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE STAGE WHERE THEY HAVE A CIRCULAR SETUP THAT ALLOWS THEM TO TEAR DOWN AND SET UP ONE ACT AS ANOTHER ACT IS PERFORMING ON THE OTHER HALF OF THE CIRCLE.  THE MOVEABLE PLATFORMS WERE ALL SET UP WITH DRUM SETS, KEYBOARDS AND GUITARS THAT COULD ALL BE QUICKLY MOVED INTO PLACE ON STAGE.  VIDEO MONITORS WERE ALL OVER AS TECHNICIANS MADE DECISIONS ON WHAT CAMERA SHOTS WERE FED OVER THE BIG SCREENS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE STAGE.  THERE WAS PYROTECHNIC GEAR, MANY WORKERS MOVING TO AND FRO AND A LOT OF NERVOUS EXCITEMENT SURROUNDED BY PEOPLE WHO KNEW EXACTLY HOW TO PULL OFF THIS ENORMOUSLY COMPLEX SHOW.  

WE THEN FOLLOWED OUR GUIDE INTO A PRESS ROOM WHERE WE GOT OUR PICTURE, SAW THE CAFETERIA WHERE THERE WERE WONDERFUL CATERED MEALS AND THEN BRIEFLY ENTERED THE CONCERT THROUGH A SIDE DOOR TO WATCH THE UP AND COMING BOY BAND WHY DON’T WE DO TWO SONGS OF THE OPENING SET OF THE CONCERT.  THAT WOULD NOT BE THE LAST OF SEEING THEM...

WE THEN WALKED THROUGH THE DRESSING ROOMS WHERE ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF FALL OUT BOY WALKED BEHIND US.  THEN WE SAW ALL THE DRESSING ROOMS INCLUDING HALSEY CHILLING OUT IN HERS AND KESHA CASUALLY WALKING PAST US. WE EVEN SAW SOMEBODY BEING ESCORTED AWAY BY SECURITY WHICH WAS INTERESTING.

AS WE CAME FULL CIRCLE, WHY DON’T WE WAS JUST FINISHING THEIR SET AND WERE COMING OFF STAGE.  THE FIVE YOUNG MEN STOPPED, HUGGED, SIGNED AUTOGRAPHS, TOOK PICTURES AND CHATTED WITH US FOR TEN MINUTES.  SOME OF OUR STUDENTS WERE IN TEARS, OVERCOME WITH HAPPINESS.  THE GUYS WERE INCREDIBLY NICE.  OUR GUIDE, JOEL, SAID IT WAS ONE OF NICEST GROUPS OF PERFORMERS HE HAD EVER SEEN.  

AFTER OUR TIME BACKSTAGE, WE RETURNED TO THE CROWD TO WATCH SABRINA CARPENTER, LIAM PAYNE, NIALL HORAN, KESHA, CHARLIE PUTH, CAMILA CABELLO, HALSEY AND FALL OUT BOY ALL PLAY SHORT SETS. G-EAZY MADE A GUEST APPERANCE WITH HALSEY.  AND IT WAS ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE DAVE RYAN DRESSED TO THE NINES AS USUAL INTRODUCE KESHA.  

IT WAS A MAGICAL NIGHT, ONE THAT ONLY MUSIC CAN PROVIDE.  FOR OUR GARAGE BAND STUDENTS IT WAS INSPIRATION, EXCITEMENT AND FUN ALL MASHED UP TOGETHER WITH HOPEFULLY A GREATER UNDERSTANDING FOR WHAT THEY ARE DOING AS MUSICIANS AND PERFORMERS.
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