McLain High School was one of 10 schools nationwide - and one of five schools in Oklahoma - selected to provide free concerts and workshops by the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz.
The concert and workshops featured internationally acclaimed jazz recording artist Steve Wilson and jazz and blues vocalist Lisa Henry.
The Peer-to-Peer jazz education program was held at McLain High School on February 26.
Over 700 Students packed the auditorium and watched the concert in admiration. One of McLain’s choir students was even honored and invited to join Lisa Henry in signing the blues.
Dr. J.B. Dyas, a leader in jazz education and currently vice president for Education and Curriculum Development at the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, then gave the crowd a history lesson on jazz.
After the concert, about 30 McLain High School choir students had a chance to sing with and learn from Lisa Henry, who spent more than two hours teaching them practice techniques.
“My choir was so ecstatic to work with Ms. Lisa Henry! She imparted wisdom for my students to utilize in their further study of both choir and music. She helped them think past themselves and showed them what it is like to be a family and create art together." said Andrea Fultz, choir director. "My students are dedicated to the choir and to see another adult encourage and inspire their devotedness was reassuring both to my students and to me. I will forever be indebted to everyone for their time and kindness to my students at McLain High School.”
The students enjoyed themselves and will remember this moment forever.