It’s the season of giving.
Students at Hampden Academy are “playing” it forward with their fourth benefit concert.
“The gratifying part is just to see them do their thing and watch them fly, you know? That’s why we do what we do – to allow our students to do what they love to do,” said Patrick Michaud, the Director of Bands at Hampden Academy.
“It’s something else. And I think that really speaks to the culture here at H.A. It’s a really unique high school. All for free, we don’t have to pay for any of it,” said Noah Gardner, a Hampden Academy senior.
Making music on professional grade equipment – a dream for these students.
“Some of them run the recording board and they actually do the recording themselves or they’ll just help set up for the event,” said Michaud.
Hampden Academy high schoolers are getting ready for their fourth Play It Forward concert.
They’ll be performing all originals and selling CDs to benefit a classmate battling cancer.
“It also feels almost a little bit more important that we do a really good job this time because you know, it hits home to a whole different level to have somebody who’s in such a crisis situation be able to help them,” said Josh Redmond, a senior.
“She’s got a great spirit. She inspires me. She maintains a real positive attitude. Every time I see her she’s just always being positive,” said Michaud.
Some of the money raised will go to Sienna Probert’s family for medical expenses.
Students say it’s all the more meaningful when it’s for a fellow musician.