Choir trying to sing with Foreigner

ALPENA – Alpena High School’s Concert Choir students are in the running to sing on stage with the rock band Foreigner. Nine schools, including AHS are competing for an opportunity to perform with Foreigner at Island Resort and Casino in February, through the sponsorship of an upper peninsula radio station.

“The top two schools to receive the most votes will sing with the band,” Principal Matt Poli said. “We’re the only school competing that isn’t located in the U.P.”

AHS students are currently in second place, after submitting a YouTube video of a performance of Foreigner’s, “I Want to Know What Love Is.”

“After Christmas, a student from the U.P. informed me of the competition. We thought, ‘well, why not,'” Jean Martin-Brown, choral director for Alpena Public Schools, said. “Please vote, vote, vote and support Alpena.”

Two high school choirs, with the highest votes will sing on stage at Island Resort and Casino on Feb. 1-2 with Foreigner. The event also will include a $500 donation to each winning school. There is not a limit on voting, and choir students can receive votes for their performance until 9 p.m. on Sunday. To view the Youtube video and vote, visit

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