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Coshocton City Schools’ students to perform in Cleveland

| January 13, 2016

COSHOCTON – Coshocton City Schools’ choir students in grades seven through 12 will be singing in front of thousands of people in Cleveland this year and you have the opportunity to be part of the experience.

The students will take their “Those Magic Moments” show to Cleveland to sing the National Anthem at the Cleveland Indians vs Texas Rangers game on Tuesday, May 31 and perform on the stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Wednesday, June 1.

“We auditioned (for the game) by an audio tape that was reviewed by the Indians’ selection committee,” said Mike Blowers, music teacher and choir director at the high school. “We are pretty excited to be selected. Even if the game is not on TV they are estimating that there will be 40,000 people there.”

As a fundraiser for the trip, raffle tickets to be part of the experience are being sold for one for $5 and three for $10 and there are four chances to win. The first prize is the Grand Slam, which includes four tickets to the game, overnight accommodations for four, four tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a $50 gift certificate for dinner at the Hard Rock Café and a $50 fuel card.

“It’s pretty much an all expenses paid trip to see the students perform,” said Teresa Ott, who is heading up the fundraising project.

The other three prizes are: The Triple – four tickets to the game, four tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a $50 fuel card; the Double – four tickets to the game and a $50 fuel card; and the Single – four tickets to the game.

The tickets will be available at the Coshocton Boys’ Varsity Basketball home game against Heath on Saturday, Jan. 23. Basketball action that night starts at 5 p.m. with the freshmen, the junior varsity should start around 6 p.m. and varsity players are slated to take the court around 7:30 p.m. Ott is planning on setting up opportunities to sell the tickets at Wal-Mart and Rural King. Tickets also can be bought at the spring choral showcase at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17 in McKinley Auditorium at Coshocton High School, where the winners will be announced.

The goal is to sell more than $1,000 worth of the raffle tickets so extra money can be added to the choir travel fund.

“We have enough for the travel fund this year, but we don’t want to start next year flat,” Blowers said. “We don’t know where we are going to go next year, but it’s important for us to keep the travel fund up and engage the community.”

Those helping to organize the trip are hoping community members will travel to Cleveland to support the kids even if they aren’t the lucky winners of the raffle.

“We want the community there to support the kids, see them on the field and up on the hug screen,” said Richard Early, who is serving as dance instructor and choreographer for the choirs.

He is excited about the progress the students have made with their “Those Magic Moments” show numbers.

“Our theme is 50s and 60s and the opening number is ‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’ from ‘Hairspray,’” Early said. “It’s very energetic and they (the students) are doing the actual chorography that the Broadway show does. They’ve really excelled at it and are what I would describe as a full performance company now. They have bought into our ideas, the projects and the responsibilities that go along with them. It’s going to be a great show at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

Blowers is impressed with their energy level.

“It’s off the charts,” he said. “When our kids walk on to that stage the whole room is going to be transformed into the 1950s and 1960s.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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