H.J Cody music students join Foreigner on stage

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
October 17, 2017 - 12:29pm

Ask someone what love is and you might get a weird look or an ‘I don’t know.’

However, a once in a lifetime opportunity last Friday gave music students from Sylvan Lake’s H.J. Cody School at least a glimpse into one of life’s many mysteries.

Students there recently entered an online video contest and won the chance to go up on stage with the band Foreigner at their Enmax Centrium show. The band has welcomed many a choir up to sing the chorus of ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’ over the last several years, mimicking a portion of the song’s music video.

H.J. Cody Music Director Kerry Heisler says Foreigner also made a $500 donation to the school’s music program.

“It was really awesome to see the kids actually realize that if they all pull together at the same time, they can impact change,” she says. “I’m hoping this is something that goes beyond the classroom and into community and public life when they become adults so they can see their voice has an impact. That was really cool from an education standpoint.”

Heisler adds when the 53 member choir found out only 25 could go, the 28 left out were all very supportive.

“There isn’t much I've done in high school so far that's been super impactful, but something like this will stay with me depending on what my career will be,” says grade 11 student Cole Joseph, who adds he marveled at the size of the crowd while on stage. “If I want to pursue a study in music, I'll always look back on this as little bit of inspiration towards that goal.”

Grade 12 student Starla Fifield says the experience was special for her because she grew up on Foreigner.

“I got to go up and also strum the bass at one point which was absolutely insane for me,” she says. “This is my grad year and this is something I get to take with me. I will never forget it.”

Most of all, the entire group can be proud of the experience, continues Heisler.

"They represented their school really well -- they are kind and gracious kids and they are way beyond what people typically think of teenagers,” Heisler continues. “We don't have to worry about the future as adults because these are the kids that are going to come up and be the leaders."

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