For the second straight year, a local band has helped to raise funds for the senior class at Jamestown High School.
Teachers, Preachers and Trent performed a concert in the JHS auditorium on Thursday evening to benefit the 2013 After Grad Party for seniors.
The band is aptly named, as its members are comprised of local pastors, teachers and a 2011 JHS graduate, Trent Stafford. In addition to Stafford, Thursday’s concert featured: Justin Joyner on vocals and guitar, Adam Rohler on vocals and keyboards, Jay Baehr on vocals and guitar, Scott Lumia on bass guitar and Michael Tuccio on drums.
Since its formation in summer of 2011, the band has performed at JHS for the previous senior class, the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena and the Lady of Loreto Italian Festival. They also made a surprise appearance at the 2012 JHS graduation in the Chautauqua Institution amphitheater, where they played a rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
According to Tuccio, who previously worked as the senior class adviser, it was due to the surprise graduation performance that they were asked to return to JHS.
“I think it was after graduation last year that the parents of the seniors requested us back,” said Tuccio. “We did it as a fundraiser for our (senior) class last year, but it’s a little different this time. (The funds are) not going to the class’s student council bank account, they’re going specifically for the after grad party. So the parents are hosting this one.”
The band played several classic rock songs, such as “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Crazy Train,” “More Than A Feeling,” and “Hotel California.” They also played some modern pop hits including “Rolling In The Deep” and “Since U Been Gone.”
The concert sold between 450 and 500 tickets and included a 50-50 giveaway prize of $67. The proceeds will fund the seniors’ after graduation, substance-free party in June.