DES MOINES, Iowa–A group of Dowling Catholic High School students will be singing with a rock and roll band that’s been around longer than they’ve been alive.
The 16 member Dowling jazz choir was asked to perform the 1984 power ballad, “I Want To Know What Love Is” with the band Foreigner at the Iowa State Fair.
The students found out about the performance back in May and have been practicing all summer, the choirs co-presidents were rehearsing the song Friday morning.
Foreigner is part of the Grammy Foundation which helps keep music education alive in high schools across the country.
“At Dowling Catholic we are very fortunate with our music program it’s really great, so it’s really good that we can give back to others through the Grammy Foundation,” says Dowling Catholic Senior Max Palmer.
On top of singing, students will be selling Foreigner’s greatest hit CD and raffling off a signed guitar.
All the proceeds with be donated to the Grammy Foundation.
For the teens it’s an amazing opportunity to sing with a band their parent’s grew up listening to.
“When I told my Mom she was like oh my gosh that`s such a big opportunity, to sing with someone that big,” says Palmer.
Dowling Catholic High School Senior Jeffrey Laughrun agrees saying, “I didn’t know who the group was and then someone said we`re singing, ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’ I knew the song but I didn’t know who the group was. It was one of those groups my parents knew and my Dad really loved the song.”
Foreigner performs with Styx at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand Sunday at 8 p.m.
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